Much like the Philadelphia Phillies <a title="Matt Holliday Jersey" href="http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-holliday-jersey">Matt Holliday Jersey</a> , Vince Velasquez has struggled since early August. The right-hander will be on the mound Saturday night as the Phillies face the Miami Marlins in the second game of a three-game series in Philadelphia. Velasquez will try to help the Phillies win their first series since Aug. 5 — which also came against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.Velasquez (9-11, 4.30 ERA) has a 6.66 ERA and a 1.644 WHIP over his last six starts, and opponents have a .900 OPS against him in that stretch. The Phillies are 2-4 in those outings, and they’ve fallen out of the playoff race with a 12-23 record over the last six weeks. Article continues below ...Philadelphia beat Miami 14-2 on Friday. With 16 games remaining, the Phillies are 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the National League East and five games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second NL wild-card spot.Velasquez gave up five runs on seven hits in four-plus innings against the New York Mets last Sunday on a rainy afternoon at Citi Field. It marked the fifth time in six starts that Velasquez has gone four innings or fewer.“I was missing spots kind of the whole game and the conditions got the best of me,” Velasquez told the Delaware County Daily Times after the outing. “I can’t let that happen.”Velasquez has a 2-1 record and a 2.08 ERA in three starts against the Marlins this season. The 26-year-old is 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.000 WHIP in nine starts against Miami in his career.The Marlins were not sure who would start on Saturday as of Friday night. Manager Don Mattingly said it would likely be a bullpen game with the team playing its sixth contest in five days.The Phillies are hoping their offense from Friday night carries over to Saturday against whichever pitcher the Marlins use.The 14 runs they plated were the most since a 17-5 win over the Pirates on July 6. The Phillies hit five homers on Friday night, including a pair by Aaron Altherr and the 31st of the season by Rhys Hoskins.“Big night for Rhys, and really up and down the lineup, we got contributions,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after Friday’s win. “I thought we had a good offensive approach all night.”Hoskins, who was starting at first base for just the third time this season on Friday, has four homers and seven RBIs in his last six games. 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The Los Angeles Angels have considered offering star Mike Trout a 10-year, $350 million extension, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.Rosenthal notes that it's not clear if an actual offer has been put on the table.The 27-year-old is under contract through the 2020 season, with a salary of $33.25 million in each of the next two years.Back in March 2014, a 22-year-old Trout signed asix-year, $144.5 million extensionwith Los Angeles that bought out three arbitration years as well as a trio of free agency years. It marked the highest averaged annual value ever given to a player with just two years of service time.All Trout has done is live up to the contract and then some.Trout has a career .307/.416/.573 slash line with 240 home runs and 648 RBI. 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Harper's deal edged outGiancarloStanton's 13-year, $225 million deal for the largest in league history.Also of note, ZackGreinke's six-year, $206.5 million deal with the Arizona Diamondback holds the record for largestAAV($34.4 million) in MLB history.Trout is expected to command more, both in terms ofAAVand total guarantee, than eitherGreinkeor Harper.While the Angels may be pondering an extension internally, the star himself isn't worried about his contract status at the moment."I haven't even thought about it <a title="http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-bernie-williams-jersey" href="http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-bernie-williams-jersey">http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-bernie-williams-jersey</a> ," Trouttold reportersFriday. "Obviously, you guys bring it up a lot and I appreciate you asking me all these questions, but right now is not the time to think about it. I still have a couple more years."Rosenthaladded that Trout, a New Jersey native, is "quite happy" in Southern California.If Trout plays out his current contract and tests free agency following the 2020 campaign, he will be 29 years old when he signs his next deal. It may be tougher for him to get a decade-long deal (if that's what he wants) then than it would be now, but as long as he continues to perform in the meantime, he should have no problem generating interest.
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The Baltimore Orioles finished the 2018 season with a 47-115 record and 61 games standing between them and first place in the American League East. It didn't take them long to make personnel changes after such a disastrous showing.According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network <a title="http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-erick-aybar-jersey" href="http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-erick-aybar-jersey">http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-erick-aybar-jersey</a> , the Orioles parted ways with general manager Dan Duquette on Wednesday.His report comes after Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic suggested the team was "expected" to let Duquette go while noting it fired manager Buck Showalter. ESPN.comnoted Duquette's contract only runs through the end of October, so he simply will not be re-signed.Duquette, 60, has enjoyed an extensivecareerin the major league ranks. He worked in scouting and player development with the Milwaukee Brewers, served as the assistant general manager and then general manager of the Montreal Expos <a title="Anibal Sanchez Jersey" href="http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-anibal-sanchez-jersey">Anibal Sanchez Jersey</a> , was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox and was the director of baseball operations for the Israel Baseball League before the Orioles hired him prior to the 2012 campaign.Baltimore made the playoffs in three of seven seasons under Duquette, advancing as far as the 2014 American League Championship Series. However, the team finished in last place in the AL East in each of the last two seasons.R.J. Andersonof CBS Sports pointed out Duquette was "known for having an analytical bent" but added, "whether or not Duquette still has the eye鈥攐r has improved upon his reputedly shaky communication skills鈥攊s up for debate."Despite the struggles of the past two seasons, Duquette at least put the Orioles in position for future success with a number of trades <a title="Eduardo Escobar Jersey" href="http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-eduardo-escobar-jersey">Eduardo Escobar Jersey</a> , including deals that sent out Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Kevin Gausman.Jonathan Mayoof MLB.com ranked teams that improved their farm systems the most at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 and had the Orioles atop the list.Duquette just won't be there to see the farm system eventually ascend to the major league level. Matthew Eisman/Getty ImagesTony Romo might seem like he can predict the future when announcing NFL games, but he is now trying to take his skill to a new level.The CBS announcer predicted Bryce Harper will end up with the Texas Rangers after the free-agent outfielder asked about it on Twitter:Tony Romo tonyromoWell... looks like you鈥檒l be playing for the Texas Rangers opening day 馃槈 xVw1LDnm18Romo has spent the past two years providing color in the booth after retiring from the NFL, and he has earned big praise for his ability to correctly predict what teams will do.He was especially impressive during Sunday's AFC Championship Game by calling out several New England Patriots plays:NFL NFL.TonyRomo was calling plays before they happened! 馃敭 4jdm9I8Pl5While some on social media have joked about the former Dallas Cowboys star giving up future lottery numbers, Harper instead wants him to solve the biggest mystery in baseball.The six-time All-Star is one of the biggest prizes on the free-agent market but remains on the market with only about two months until the start of next season. Although the Rangers haven't been considered a top contender for his services <a title="http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-jake-odorizzi-jersey" href="http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-jake-odorizzi-jersey">http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-jake-odorizzi-jersey</a> , it might be some wishful thinking for Romo after he spent his entire career in Dallas.
ATLANTA (AP) — Cardinals manager Mike Shildt loved watching Yadier Molina grind out a big at-bat in the eighth inning.With the bases loaded and two outs in a two-run game <a title="http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-cepeda-jersey" href="http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-cepeda-jersey">http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-cepeda-jersey</a> , Shildt got exactly what he wanted from Molina, a veteran star catcher who has helped St. Louis chase down plenty of playoff spots during his 15-year career.“He gets down 0-2, and you can just watch him bearing down,” Shildt said. “He got the count full and got a base hit to score two and took advantage of the (error) and we were able to clear the bases there.”Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer, Molina added a two-run single in the four-run eighth and St. Louis won its third straight game with an 8-1 victory over the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.Austin Gomber pitched five effective innings for St. Louis, which holds a slim lead for the second NL wild card. The Cardinals top the National League with 36 victories since All-Star break, and their 43 road wins this season rank second.Atlanta’s division lead dropped to 5½ games over Philadelphia as the Braves lost their fourth in a row after a season-best six-game winning streak. They are 38-38 at SunTrust Park and have dropped 14 of 18 at home.The Braves’ magic number remained at seven as they try to clinch a division title for the first time in five years. Philadelphia beat the New York Mets 5-2.Atlanta manager Brian Snitker can sense his team is pressing.“We’ve been down this road before a few times this year,” Snitker said. “All it takes is one game to get you rolling and get you back on the run. We’ve been resilient. We’ve come back before. There’s no reason to think we won’t do it again.”Anibal Sanchez (6-6) allowed four hits and two runs and struck out six in five innings. He faced the minimum through his first three innings and retired his first batter in the fourth before Jose Martinez singled and DeJong hit his 19th homer.DeJong, who is hitting .478 with four homers and 10 RBIs in five career games against Atlanta, added a run-scoring single in the eighth off Dan Winkler. DeJong’s homer was his 14th on the road.“I think he’s figuring out he’s a run producer,” Shildt said. “We’re seeing a good swing <a title="Phil Niekro Jersey" href="http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-phil-niekro-jersey">Phil Niekro Jersey</a> , and the timing is there.”Gomber (6-1) gave up six hits, one run and three walks. He struck out five for his fifth victory in his last six decisions, but it wasn’t easy for the rookie.After Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 26th homer to begin the third, Gomber escaped a bases-loaded jam on Ender Inciarte’s lineout to end the inning. Gomber got Inciarte to fly out to strand a runner at third to end the fifth.Gomber felt a boost in confidence after his last start ended with a 9-7 loss to the Dodgers.“I threw a lot of pitches (98) in five innings,” he said. “It was one of those days with a lot of traffic on the bases, but you’ve got to figure a way to get out of it.”Molina’s single in the eighth off Sam Freeman scored three runs. Molina was credited with two RBIs, and a third run scored because Acuna made an error in left field.Tyler O’Neill, who entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth, had a run-scoring double, and Marcell Ozuna followed with an RBI single to make it 8-1.STRONG BULLPENJohn Brebbia and Jordan Hicks faced the minimum in the sixth and seventh, Dominic Leone pitched around a walk in the eighth and Mike Mayers faced five batters in the ninth. 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The 22-year-old rookie pitched six innings, allowing four hits and one run, in losing his last start 3-0 to the Dodgers.Braves: RHP Touki Toussaint (1-1, 4.67 ERA) gets his fourth career start as he faces St. Louis for the first time. The 22-year-old rookie is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA as a starter. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers left Nationals Park with another win and a new pitcher.Jhoulys Chacin survived a rocky first and pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer and the Brewers beat the Nationals 4-1 on Friday night.During the game, the teams worked out a trade that sent Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals to the Brewers for two minor leaguers. 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Milwaukee holds the second NL wild card spot.Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his eighth save in 13 opportunities. 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Granderson, 37, has hit .243 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in 103 games this season. Milwaukee also acquired LHP Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for OF Bryan Connell and RHP Johan Dominguez, two minor leaguers. Cedeno is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 33 relief appearances this season.Nationals: Sent RHP Ryan Madson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Andrew Istler. Madson was 5-5 with five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 69 games for Washington. Istler went 4-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 41 games (one start) between three levels of Los Angeles’ minor league system.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: LHP Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) threw a simulated game Friday and is slated for another one Sunday or Monday. “I was a little bit inconsistent with my execution <a title="Matt Kemp Jersey" href="http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-kemp-jersey">Matt Kemp Jersey</a> , but I was very happy with how the foot felt,” he said. … Manager Dave Martinez said Harper is still battling a cough, but the former MVP was back in the lineup after pinch hitting on Wednesday.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Chase Anderson (9-7, 4.04) makes his second career appearance against Washington, the first being a 2014 loss while with Arizona.Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 4.14) makes his first start against Milwaukee since 2014. He’s 0-2 with a 5.30 ERA in three games vs. the Brewers.
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This is a team built to win now.”The Rockies achieved a franchise first by making consecutive playoff appearances, in the NL wild card game in 2017 and the NLDS in 2018, and Murphy sees no reason to believe the progression will slow.“Hopefully I can be part of a ball club that goes deeper than that,” Murphy said. “The pitching staff is really underrated. What they were able to do at altitude last year was very impressive. I think the lineup is deep and dangerous.”The move also seems a good fit for the Rockies, who will play Murphy at first base and move Ian Desmond to center field.Murphy played in only 91 games between Washington and the Cubs last season after being delayed because of offseason micro-fracture surgery on his right knee, but in the five previous seasons he averaged 40 doubles, 15 homers and 78 RBIs with a .302 batting average and .464 slugging percentage.That type of production could help invigorate an offense that hit .256 <a title="Jonathan Villar Jersey" href="http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-jonathan-villar-jersey">Jonathan Villar Jersey</a> , had a .322 on-base percentage and will be without departed free agents DJ LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez. That batting average was the lowest in franchise history, and the on-base percentage was second-lowest.“He’s going to help our guys in a lot of ways,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “Love the experience. 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His 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings are on pace to be a career high.Hand first became a full-time reliever in 2016 after the Padres claimed him off waivers from the Miami Marlins. The left-hander then enjoyed a career year,posting a 2.92 ERA and a 3.07 FIP, and averaging 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings.Hand was even better in 2017 after replacing Fernando Rodney and Brandon Maurer as San Diego's regular closer. He registered 21 saves and struck out an average of 11.8 batters, while his ERA and FIP improved to2.16 and 3.03, respectively.The Padres rewarded Hand with a three-year extension worth $19.7 million. The contract includes a $10 million club option for 2021.Elite closers are generally luxuries for losing teams rather than necessities, but Hand's contract provided the Padres with at least one reason to consider keeping him.By giving Eric Hosmer an eight-year, $144 million deal this past offseason, the franchise indicated it wants to be a winner in the near future.By 2021, San Diego may have climbed toward playoff contention, at which point having somebody such as Hand would be much more important.With that said, Hand's contract also meant the Padres could demand even more in a trade. He's under team control for up to three more years, so San Diego didn't have to settle for a meager return because it risked losing him for nothing in the offseason.General manager A.J. Preller has done well to rebuild the Padres' farm system after they tried to fast-track their journey back to the playoffs in 2015. 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