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  1. Hoping that second baseman Jason Kipnis might be emerging from his season-long slump, the Cleveland Indians will host the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Progressive Field in the first game of a three-game series.It a welcome return home for the Indians, who have played 13 of their last 16 games on the road. The last of those was a 12-5 win on Sunday at Kansas City, a victory that was sparked by a rare offensive outburst by Kipnis.The two-time All-Star, who has had a dreadful 2018 season, erupted for four hits, including a double, an inside-the-park home run and four RBIs.Article continues below ...Indians manager Terry Francona, who has stuck with Kipnis despite his season-long slump, is hopeful that his second baseman four-hit game is a sign of better things to come.What a lift that would give us, Francona said. Weve seen him do it, and he shown periods of it (this year). If he could get hot like that, it would help us so much Jake Cave Jersey.Even with four hits Sunday, Kipnis is batting just .223 for the season and just .167 in his last 11 games. His average hasnt been above .230 since April 1.Kipnis says he made some mechanical adjustments in his swing that he used for the first time Sunday https://www.twinsapparelshop.com/Blake_Parker_Jersey-46.It (the four-hit game) gives me a breath of fresh air, he said. Im excited to see where it goes from here.Kipnis may be catching a break Tuesday when he faces Twins left-hander Kyle Gibson, a pitcher Kipnis has done very well against during his career. Kipnis has a .419 career batting average Gibson (13-for-31) with two doubles, a home run and 10 walks.Gibson (7-10, 3.63) has made 17 career starts against Cleveland and is 3-8 with a 5.28 ERA. His last start this year came Aug. 22, a 7-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox in which he pitched 4 2 3 innings and allowed seven runs (four earned) and seven hits https://www.twinsapparelshop.com/Custom_Jersey-5, three of them home runs, with five strikeouts and four walks.Tuesday will be Gibson fifth start of the season against the Indians. In the first four, he was 1-2 with a 3.80 ERA.Gibson last start against Cleveland was a 10-0 loss on Aug. 6. In that game, he pitched five innings, allowing six earned runs (four earned) and seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks. He gave up two home runs, to Yonder Alonso and Brandon Guyer.Carlos Carrasco (15-7, 3.55) will start for Cleveland. Carrasco last start did not go well, a 10-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 22, in which he only pitched 3 2 3 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) and eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk.Tuesday will be Carrasco sixth start of the year against the Twins. It will also be his third start of the month Minnesota. His last start against the Twins was a 3-2 loss on Aug. 7 in which he pitched 6 1 3 innings and gave up three runs and 10 hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.In 22 career appearances against Minnesota, Carrasco is 6-9 with a 4.00 ERA.Minnesota is the only team in the AL Central that Cleveland hasnt dominated this year. The Indians are 8-8 the Twins and 30-11 (.732) against the rest of the division.
  2. Royals Rumblings - News for March 21 https://www.royalsfansapparel.com/Salvador_Perez_Jersey-15, 2019Ned Yost says you could see Jorge Soler in the field this year. will say this, he has made tremendous improvements in the last two years defensively,Yost said. e worked very hard to become an average right fielder because he was a below average right fielder when he got here, and he just continues to work hard every day. It was a shame that he broke his foot last year because I would have really loved to see what he could have done in a full season because he was really doing a good job when that happened https://www.royalsfansapparel.com/David_Cone_Jersey-53.effrey Flanagan provides an update on Danny Duffy, who is battling shoulder stiffness.Left-hander Danny Duffy, who won break camp with the team Sunday, continues his throwing program after overcoming a bout of left shoulder tightness. He is scheduled to throw a live bullpen session on Monday, and then a live up-and-down bullpen session on March 28 in extended spring training.Surgery won stop Salvy from having a big smile and a good sense of humor.
  3. CHICAGO As the Chicago Cubs ready for a stretch run while protecting a slim lead in the National League Central, finding a way to protect tight leads late in ballgames will go a long way in their postseason chances.With reliever Pedro Strop out for the remainder of the regular season https://www.redsuniformstore.com/Jose_Peraza_Jersey-24, the Cubs not only will carry a three-game winning streak into Sunday series finale against the Cincinnati Reds, but will do so knowing that former closer Brandon Morrow is prepared to return after being sidelined since late July.Morrow threw a simulated game Saturday on a day when Randy Rosario and Steve Cishek became the latest relief pitchers to preserve a lead. The Cubs held off the Reds in a 1-0 victory, the third straight one-run win for Chicago.Article continues below ...As for the closer role, Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Saturday that even though Morrow is moving closer to returning https://www.redsuniformstore.com/Brandon_Finnegan_Jersey-11, he wont be slotted to finish games once he available.If he ready to go and we want to put him out there, I dont think itll be the ninth inning, Maddon said, according to MLB. I want to give him a chance to break into it a little bit.But after being sidelined for so long, Morrow told reporters he is anxious to return to the field and contribute to the Cubs postseason chances.It not for me to see (what the role will be), Morrow told reporters. I will throw in whatever inning Joe puts me in. Im comfortable pitching whenever.Jose Quintana (13-9, 3.97 ERA) will start for Chicago in Sunday series finale. Quintana has not lost since Aug. 14 and has won both of his September starts.The left-hander is coming off an impressive performance in his last outing when he threw 6 2 3 scoreless innings in which he allowed three hits and struck out seven against Milwaukee. Quintana is 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA in five career starts against the Reds.Cincinnati will enter Sunday matchup on a three-game skid and after being shut out for the first time since Aug. 26, also by the Cubs. While the Reds starting rotation has been in flux, interim manager Jim Riggleman told reporters Saturday that he plans to shift reliever Michael Lorenzen into a starting role beginning Tuesday against the Brewers.In 42 relief appearances this season, Lorenzen is 3-1 with a 3.21 ERA. Lorenzen learned the news on Friday.Im really excited, Lorenzen told reporters Saturday, according to MLB. Im extremely thankful for the opportunity. Im going to try and make the most of it and continue what Ive been doing.Riggleman said Lorenzen has continued to lobby for taking on a starting assignment but given the success rate Lorenzen has had as a reliever, Riggleman said he would hate to lose him in that role. So as the Reds look toward next season, Lorenzen will at least get a look starting Tuesday when he will likely pitch about four innings.It will be a very small sample, but well get a little feel for it, Riggleman said.Luis Castillo will start for the Reds on Sunday. Castillo (9-12, 4.66) has won two of his three September starts and allowed one run and four hits in 6 1 3 innings in his last outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers while striking out nine Joe Nuxhall Jersey.Castillo is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five career starts against the Cubs.
  4. Bryan Mitchell strong return to San Diego rotation and a big boost from Franmil Reyes bat put Arizona in a deeper hole in the NL West https://www.padresteamgearshop.com/Chris_Paddack_Jersey-53.Reyes homered twice and had four RBIs, Mitchell pitched five effective innings in his return from the DL and the Padres knocked off the playoff-contending Diamondbacks 6-2 Monday night.I just tried to take one pitch at a time and not really let things speed up, said Mitchell, who earned his first win since April 12, 2017. It had been a while so that first inning was kind of different, but we were able to get out with one run, limit the damage there. I definitely settled in after that. Mitchell was sharp in his first start off the DL due to a right elbow impingement, holding the Diamondbacks to a run on two hits all in the first inning https://www.padresteamgearshop.com/Joe_Carter_Jersey-72.Reyes hit a three-run homer off Zack Godley in the second inning and a solo shot off the right-hander in the fourth. Austin Hedges added a two-run single in the eighth inning for the Padres, who have won five of seven.Reyes had his first career multihomer game and has homered in five of the past nine games to extend his hitting streak to nine games.He looks really confident in the batter box, Padres manager Andy Reid said. I cant really think of anybody in big league baseball who has as much pop or more pop than him.Steven Souza Jr. had a run-scoring single in the first inning and Paul Goldschmidt an RBI double in the eighth for Arizona. The Diamondbacks were limited to five hits in their fourth loss in five games Matt Strahm Jersey, dropping two games behind Colorado in the NL West.This is a group of guys that have done it before. They have done it this year at times, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. It obviously hasnt been as consistent as we have seen it. The same theme I have been talking about. Grind it out, keep getting after it, stay with the process. If it is not there for you, hand it off to the next guy.The Diamondbacks returned to the desert after a difficult trip to Southern California. Arizona entered a four-game series with the Dodgers atop the division and left a game back after Los Angeles won three of four. All three loses came when the Dodgers rallied late, including Matt Kemp two walk-off hits off Archie Bradley.The Diamondbacks found themselves needing to rally after Godley walked the first two batters of the second inning and Reyes followed with a three-run homer to the pool deck in right-center to put San Diego up 3-1.Godley gave up two hits for the second straight start, but both were home runs. He allowed four runs and struck out six in five innings.I felt like I made really, really good pitches, Godley said. I made two bad pitches on the night. Both of them I paid for.LOPEZ RECALLEDThe Diamondbacks recalled RHP Yoan Lopez from Double-A Jackson and transferred 3B Jake Lamb to the 60-day disabled list. Arizona signed Lopez to an $8.27 million bonus coming out of Cuba in 2015, but he spent four seasons in the minors and at one time considered leaving baseball. The 25-year-old was 2-5 with 12 saves and led Southern League relievers in opponent average at .174. Lamb had season-ending left shoulder surgery last month.PADRES MOVES San Diego reinstated RHP Luis Perdomo from the 10-day disabled list and RHP Kirby Yates from the bereavement list. Both will work in the Padres bullpen.TRAINERS ROOM Diamondbacks Catcher Alex Avila had a foul ball bounce off the dirt and hit him in the throat in the third inning, but stayed in the game before being replaced by a pinch hitter in the seventh.
  5. SAN FRANCISCO Mike Foltynewicz has minimal experience pitching in meaningful September games Max Fried Jersey, so saving the Braves bullpen and going the distance as NL East-leading Atlanta gained separation in the division meant so much at this stage.Foltynewicz pitched a six-hitter to win for the first time in nearly a month, Charlie Culberson hit a two-run homer after entering as an injury replacement and the Braves sent the San Francisco Giants to a 10th straight defeat with a 4-1 win Tuesday night.It just really good to go out there and put up a game like this against these guys in the middle of September, Foltynewicz said. This is kind of my first time really pitching in September Greg Maddux Jersey. Just going out there, I felt strong the whole game. It in the playoff race. Not too many of us are used to that. Were just taking it day by day, pitch by pitch and were having a lot of fun doing it, too. Foltynewicz retired 13 straight batters after Evan Longoria two-out double in the first. The right-hander carried a shutout into the ninth before allowing Brandon Crawford two-out RBI single. Atlanta starter struck out seven and walked one while finishing with 108 pitches. He was still hitting the high 90s on the radar gun in the late innings.It marked Foltynewicz first victory since Aug. 13 against Miami, ending a four-start winless stretch during which he was 0-2 following a three-start winning streak.Dansby Swanson added an RBI double in the eighth for the Braves, who moved 6 1 2 games ahead of the Phillies in the division.Ender Inciarte had a sacrifice fly in the fourth then Culberson followed Ronald Acuna Jr. leadoff triple in the fifth with his 11th home run. He replaced injured third baseman Johan Camargo, who exited with left groin tightness.Charlie been doing that all year. Somebody goes down, he just steps in and does a great job, manager Brian Snitker said.The Giants have just their third double-digit losing streak since moving West in 1958 also in 1985 and 1996 and sixth since 1908. The club last 11-game skid was in 1951, when the New York Giants went on to win an NL pennant.San Francisco held a brief team meeting Tuesday.I think theyll get through this and play better the last 16 games https://www.bravesgearfansstore.com/Darren_ODay_Jersey-53. We have to, manager Bruce Bochy said. We cant get any worse, to be honest, with what been going on offensively. We have to get some guys to get some big hits for us.Giants lefty Andrew Suarez gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out three and walked three.SEPT. 11 REMEMBEREDA moment of silence was held before the anthem to remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.TRAINERS ROOMBraves Camargo will sit Wednesday but expects to play Friday back home, though Snitker wants to see him work out first. Camargo said he didnt feel anything serious more like his groin had cramped up after running to first on a fielding error in the third. He was lifted for a pinch-runner as a precaution. RHP Arodys Vizcaino is scheduled to join the team Friday back home and come off the disabled list. Snitker will have a well-rested bullpen Wednesday after using just three relievers for an inning each during Monday 4-1 win.Giants 1B Brandon Belt may need offseason surgery on his right knee, something that is being discussed, though as of now the plan is for him to finish out the season. While he pinch hit in the eighth, he wasnt in the lineup as Bochy said, Belt is sore to a point where he needs a day today. Belt had been in the original lineup and is expected to play Wednesday afternoon series finale. INF Ryder Jones is scheduled for surgery on the patellar tendon in his left knee Wednesday and expects to be ready for spring training Atlanta Braves Custom Jersey. He was hurt on a swing during Sunday game in Milwaukee.

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