NBA
Atlanta vs. Indiana
LIVE
36 : 35
MLB
Milwaukee vs. Pittsburgh
LIVE
3 : 1
MLB
Seattle vs. Miami
LIVE
0 : 0
Forgot Password?
Back
Pfile Nickname cnotes
  • Posts:22270
  • Followers:29
09/03/2013 01:25 PM
Preview: Nationals (69-68) at Phillies (63-75)
Game: 2
Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Date: September 03, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


The Washington Nationals' postseason chances have taken a serious dent of late, and that may only continue at Citizens Bank Park.

Giving the ball to Gio Gonzalez, however, may improve their chances.

Gonzalez attempts to continue his success against the Philadelphia Phillies and help the Washington Nationals earn a rare road win against their NL East rivals Tuesday night.

Washington (69-68) looked to be a viable postseason contender after winning 14 of 19, but the team has since dropped three of four.

The Nationals are 7 1/2 games back of Cincinnati for the NL's second wild-card spot with 25 to play.

The offense is letting them down lately, going 5 for 30 (.167) with runners in scoring position. That includes failing to convert on three such opportunities during Monday's 3-2 loss to open this three-game series.

"That was really a tough one; it really hurt," manager Davey Johnson said. "It was like a stab in the heart."

Washington has dropped 11 of its last 15 games at Citizens Bank Park, batting .218 while the rotation has compiled a 4.03 ERA.

Gonzalez (8-6, 3.56 ERA), though, has been a bright spot against the Phillies (63-75), going 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in six starts. Five have come in Philadelphia, where he's 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA and Washington has won four of those games.

The left-hander, third in last year's NL Cy Young Award voting, was superb in his most recent game there July 10, yielding one run in seven innings of a 5-1 victory.

Following that matchup, Gonzalez went 0-3 with a 5.94 ERA in seven starts before striking out eight and allowing three hits in seven innings of a 9-0 win over Miami on Thursday.

Bryce Harper is likely to be back in the lineup despite nursing a sore hip. He missed 13 games earlier this season due to a left knee injury, and he's batting .368 over the past 15.

"He keeps saying, 'I'm fine, I'm fine.' He's a tough kid," Johnson said. "That's the way he is."

Harper, 1 for 3 in the series opener, has a .352 career average in 14 visits to Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies, who had four hits Monday's win, are slated to give Ethan Martin (2-3, 6.39) his first start against the Nationals.

The rookie right-hander gave up three runs with three walks and nine strikeouts in four innings of an 11-3 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday. That came five days after he didn't get a decision in his shortest outing of the season, surrendering three runs and three hits with three walks while getting pulled with two outs in the opening inning of a 12-7 loss to Arizona.

"I felt pretty decent almost every start," Martin told the team's official website. "Even (pitching coach Rich) Dubee said something. He said around that 60-pitch mark, I kind of have a little struggle in there. I've got to get through that. Hopefully, I can get to that point this year."

Martin is holding opponents to a .213 average the first time through the lineup, but they're hitting .328 with five doubles and six homers the rest of the way.

--------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Nationals at Phillies
Mon, Sep 2 Final 2 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Nationals at Phillies
Tue, Sep 3 - 7:05PM EDT

GAME 3
Nationals at Phillies
Wed, Sep 4 - 7:05PM EDT
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
0 0
Post Comment
Pfile Nickname cnotes
  • Posts:22270
  • Followers:29
09/03/2013 01:27 PM
Preview: Tigers (81-57) at Red Sox (82-57)
Game: 2
Venue: Fenway Park
Date: September 03, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


Max Scherzer had the help of Miguel Cabrera, among others, in his last start as the Detroit Tigers' offense kept alive his bid to become the second pitcher in history to win 20 of his first 21 decisions in a season.

It's unclear if he'll have that kind of support this time around, as Cabrera's status remains uncertain for Scherzer's second chance to become the first 20-game winner in the majors Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox.

Scherzer (19-1, 2.90 ERA) is looking to join Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only pitchers to begin a season 20-1. He went 6-0 with a 1.48 ERA in his previous seven starts before allowing six runs - five earned - in five innings Thursday.

The Tigers, though, scored four times in the bottom of the ninth, capped by Torii Hunter's three-run homer, for a 7-6 win over Oakland that got the right-hander off the hook.

"He still can go 20-1,' Hunter said. "He was jumping up and down when I came upstairs. He hugged me so tight I couldn't breathe. I'm pretty sure he's excited.'

Cabrera went 2 for 3 in that contest before leaving with an abdominal strain. He had one at-bat in Friday's 7-2 win over Cleveland before exiting, and he's sat out the last three games while also battling a groin injury.

Prince Fielder moved up to the No. 3 spot in the lineup Monday and drove in a run as the AL Central-leading Tigers (81-57) beat Boston 3-0 in the series opener, their fourth win in five contests.

"I feel better,' Cabrera said after taking batting practice prior to the game.

Scherzer could be in good shape with or without Cabrera as he's 11-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last 19 road starts, including one in the playoffs.

He went 1-3 with a 9.21 ERA in his previous six starts against Boston before allowing two runs, including a solo homer to David Ortiz, in seven innings of a 10-3 home victory June 22.

Ortiz, 0 for 4 on Monday, is 7 for 13 with three homers and a double off Scherzer.

Jon Lester (12-8, 3.99) has gone 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA over his last five starts, though he allowed three runs and three walks in six innings of a 3-2 home loss to Baltimore on Thursday.

The left-hander is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA in seven home starts.

"What (his lack of command) did was it cut his night short," manager John Farrell said. "He's been on a good run here."

Lester has gone 1-2 with a 5.26 ERA in six career starts against Detroit. He gave up five runs - three on a homer to Cabrera - in a 10-6 victory June 21.

Cabrera is 10 for 16 with a home run, two doubles, five walks and no strikeouts off Lester, while Hunter is 10 for 19 with three doubles against him.

The Red Sox (82-57) had won seven of eight prior to Monday. Daniel Nava went 3 for 3 for Boston.

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, acquired from Boston in the three-team trade that brought Jake Peavy to the Red Sox, went 1 for 3 with a double Monday in his first game against his former team. Iglesias has gone 6 for 13 during a four-game hitting streak.

---------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Tigers at Red Sox
Mon, Sep 2 Final 3 to 0
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Tigers at Red Sox
Tue, Sep 3 - 7:10PM EDT

GAME 3
Tigers at Red Sox
Wed, Sep 4 - 7:10PM EDT
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
0 0
Post Comment
Pfile Nickname cnotes
  • Posts:22270
  • Followers:29
09/03/2013 01:28 PM
Preview: Mets (62-74) at Braves (84-53)
Game: 2
Venue: Turner Field
Date: September 03, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


Unlike last year, Kris Medlen has encountered his fair share of ups and downs. The right-hander, though, has settled in nicely over the last five weeks.

Medlen tries to win a fourth consecutive home start Tuesday night as the Braves continue a three-game set against the New York Mets.

After going 6-10 with a 3.78 ERA in his first 20 starts, Medlen appears to have recaptured his form from 2012. He has gone 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last six starts while striking out 32 and walking five over 39 innings.

"People were expecting him to do the same thing," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Medlen's success last year, when he went 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA in 12 regular-season starts after joining the rotation in late July. "That's just a fantasy."

Medlen (11-12, 3.58 ERA) has been especially good at home, where he has posted a 1.35 ERA during a career-high three-start winning streak.

"I'm being aggressive," he said. "Hopefully, I can keep it going through September and October."

Medlen delivered one of his strongest efforts of the season Thursday, scattering six hits over seven scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory over Cleveland.

"His command has been good," Gonzalez told MLB's official website. "Right from the start today, all of his pitches were working. He gave us a (heck of an) outing."

Medlen had gone 4-0 with a 2.36 ERA in his first seven starts against the Mets before yielding four runs in 5 1-3 innings in a 4-1 road loss July 23.

The Braves (84-53) have won seven of eight after taking Monday's opener 13-5. Freddie Freeman went 2 for 5 with a homer and career high-tying five RBIs as Atlanta matched its highest run total of the year.

"When you go out there and face guys you haven't seen, my approach is to go up there and be aggressive," said Freeman, who is 50 for 114 (.439) with runners in scoring position. "It was kind of easier with guys on base. They have to come after you and they don't want to walk you and load up the bases."

The Braves have compiled a 27-4 home record when Freeman drives in at least one run. The slugging first baseman is batting .333 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs in his last 31 games against New York (62-74).

Jordan Schafer had four of Atlanta's 17 hits to go along with three stolen bases Monday before leaving with a strained lower back. He is considered day to day.

Losers in eight of 12, the Mets give the ball to Carlos Torres (3-2, 2.77), who continues to fill in for the injured Matt Harvey. After 13 consecutive relief appearances, the right-hander gave up four hits over 6 2-3 innings of one-run ball to beat Philadelphia 11-3 on Thursday.

"I think of it as, I'm just another pitcher. There is no replacing Harvey," he said. "It's an audition every time you go out there. I'm just trying to show them that I'm willing to do anything."

Torres has made four starts this season, allowing one run in three of those outings and eight in the other. He yielded one run in six innings opposite Medlen in July to earn the victory.

Torres is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in six games - one start - against Atlanta. Freeman is 0 for 5 in their matchups.

------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Mets at Braves
Mon, Sep 2 Final 5 to 13
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Mets at Braves
Tue, Sep 3 - 7:10PM EDT

GAME 3
Mets at Braves
Wed, Sep 4 - 12:10PM EDT
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
0 0
Post Comment
Pfile Nickname cnotes
  • Posts:22270
  • Followers:29
09/03/2013 01:30 PM
Preview: Cardinals (79-58) at Reds (77-61)
Game: 2
Venue: Great American Ball Park
Date: September 03, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


Homer Bailey finds himself on the verge of a career-high fifth consecutive win after shutting down the slumping St. Louis Cardinals last week.

Manager Mike Matheny's club also had a rough time at the plate in the opener of this crucial four-game set.

The Cincinnati Reds continue their playoff push as they try to inch even closer to their NL Central rivals Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

Bailey (9-10, 3.55 ERA) followed a career-worst four-start losing streak by going 4-0 with a 2.83 ERA in his last six outings. The right-hander struck out seven over 7 1-3 innings of five-hit ball in a 10-0 rout at St. Louis on Wednesday.

Bailey has received an average of 7.62 runs of support during his winning streak, more than three runs higher than his season mark of 4.11.

"Usually, he's been our tough-luck guy, we haven't gotten him many runs," manager Dusty Baker said.

Bailey had gone 3-9 with a 5.61 ERA in his first 15 starts against the Cardinals prior to last week's performance. Matt Carpenter is 8 for 13 in their matchups, and Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina are a combined 20 for 54 (.370) with four homers.

Bailey will try to take advantage of a Cardinals team that has hit .195 in dropping four of five by a 31-10 margin. St. Louis (79-58) was limited to four hits Monday against Mat Latos, who went the distance in leading Cincinnati to a 7-2 victory.

Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer and Joey Votto added a solo shot for the Reds (77-61), who climbed within 2 1/2 games of the Cardinals for the wild-card lead. Both teams are trying to catch division-leading Pittsburgh, which is one game ahead of St. Louis.

Cincinnati has dropped seven straight series to the Cardinals, going 6-10 against them this season.

"It starts at one," Baker said. "Hopefully this is just a beginning because we've got a lot of work to do, a long way to go."

The Reds are hoping to get a boost from speedster Billy Hamilton, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville prior to Monday's win. The 22-year-old outfielder set a professional baseball single-season record with 175 stolen bases between Class A and Double-A last year.

"Billy is not the focal point here," Baker said. "The focal point is us to win the division and hopefully on to the World Series. We hope that he can help us in some small or large way."

St. Louis will try to bounce back behind highly touted rookie Michael Wacha (2-0, 3.78), who will be recalled for the third time after briefly getting sent down to Double-A.

Set to make his fifth big league start and first since Aug. 10, Wacha earned another shot in the rotation after striking out a season-high seven over four scoreless innings of relief Wednesday.

"The way he threw the ball the other day - it was not like we were doing tryout camp - but he made it very obvious that he's the guy we want to see out there," Matheny told MLB's official website. "He looked great."

While the 22-year-old right-hander was tagged for six runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings in a 7-6, 14-inning loss to Arizona on June 4, he has gone 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA in his other three starts while holding opponents to a .190 average.

Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran is uncertain to be available after missing the last two games with a sore back. Molina is listed as day to day after exiting Monday's loss with a sore left wrist.

---------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Cardinals at Reds
Mon, Sep 2 Final 2 to 7
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Cardinals at Reds
Tue, Sep 3 - 7:10PM EDT

GAME 3
Cardinals at Reds
Wed, Sep 4 - 7:10PM EDT

GAME 4
Cardinals at Reds
Thu, Sep 5 - 7:10PM EDT
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
0 0
Post Comment
Pfile Nickname cnotes
  • Posts:22270
  • Followers:29
09/03/2013 01:31 PM
Preview: Marlins (51-85) at Cubs (58-79)
Game: 2
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: September 03, 2013 8:05 PM EDT


Two starting pitchers hope their respective winless droughts will come to an end at Wrigley Field.

Edwin Jackson and Tom Koehler each look to leave behind a miserable August when the Miami Marlins seek their third straight win on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.

Since pitching a season-high eight innings while beating Milwaukee 6-1 on July 31, Jackson (7-14, 4.90 ERA) is 0-3 with a 5.97 ERA.

Jackson took his third loss in five starts Wednesday when he allowed four runs - two earned - in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-0 loss to Los Angeles. He allowed two solo homers - only the second time he has yielded two homers in 26 starts - and added to his own woes with a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt that allowed another run to score.

"That's just a play I have to make," Jackson said. "But you just have to try not to think about it, get back on the mound and continue to come at them and battle."

Left-handed batters tore Jackson apart in August, hitting .404 (21 for 52) with eight extra-base hits in those five starts. He had limited those hitters to .247 in his first 21 outings.

Jackson lost all three of his starts against the Marlins in 2012 and failed to record a decision in his only start against them this season, surrendering three runs in six innings on April 25. He is 1-6 with a 6.39 ERA in eight starts and nine lifetime appearances versus Miami.

Koehler (3-9, 4.72) hasn't won since August 1, going 0-3 with a 5.93 ERA over his last five starts.

During that stretch, right-handed batters have hit .328 against him, including 5 for 12 in his last start Thursday against Washington, which tagged him for six runs and seven hits in five innings of a 9-0 loss. Run support has also been an issue for Koehler, as the Marlins have provided him only 42 runs in his 18 starts - 10 coming in the last five starts.

The right-hander gave the Marlins (51-85) a chance to take an early lead, stranding five Nationals runners the first three innings, but they failed to take advantage.

"We're not doing the things we need to do to keep the momentum in the game, to come out and score early and take some of the pressure off our pitching," Miami manager Mike Redmond said Thursday.

Koehler, who allowed 10 home runs over his first 17 starts, surrendered two to the Nationals, accounting for five of the six runs he gave up.

The Marlins' offense has broken out a bit. After scoring three or fewer runs in nine consecutive games, they have gotten at least four in their last three with the help of five home runs. Pitcher Henderson Alvarez helped his own cause for a victory Monday, hitting a go-ahead three-run shot in the second inning that stood in a 4-3 win over Chicago (58-79) on Monday.

"He swings the bat well," Redmond said. "I don't know that you could ever predict that with a pitcher, but he goes up there and he's very athletic."

Christian Yelich, who accounted for the other run Monday with a solo shot, is 10 for 22 (.455) with two home runs in his last six games.

------------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Marlins at Cubs
Mon, Sep 2 Final 4 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Marlins at Cubs
Tue, Sep 3 - 8:05PM EDT

GAME 3
Marlins at Cubs
Wed, Sep 4 - 2:20PM EDT
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
0 0
Post Comment
Pfile Nickname cnotes
  • Posts:22270
  • Followers:29
09/03/2013 01:33 PM
Preview: Mariners (62-75) at Royals (71-66)
Game: 2
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: September 03, 2013 8:10 PM EDT


After a pair of ugly outings, Bruce Chen got back on track with a solid showing last week.

The Kansas City Royals are hoping for a repeat performance as they try to keep pace in the AL wild-card race Tuesday night against the visiting Seattle Mariners.

Chen (6-2, 2.79 ERA) has given Kansas City (71-66) a lift since joining the rotation July 12, going 3-2 with a 3.04 ERA in nine starts. The veteran left-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in all but two of those outings while limiting opponents to a .200 average.

After giving up a combined 13 runs over nine innings in losses to Detroit and Washington, he regrouped Thursday in a 3-1 victory at Minnesota.

"I went back and tried to be more aggressive," said Chen, who yielded one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. "I wanted to make sure I pound the strike zone."

Chen is 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in nine career starts against the Mariners (62-75), most recently allowing three runs in six innings in a 4-3 road loss July 28, 2012. Dustin Ackley and Kendrys Morales are a combined 0 for 11 against Chen, and Raul Ibanez is 2 for 12.

Currently sixth in the wild-card standings, the Royals have won seven of nine after pulling out a 3-1 victory in Monday's series opener. Reliever Will Smith threw 4 1-3 scoreless innings to earn the win after replacing an inefficient Danny Duffy.

Kansas City's bullpen, which leads the AL with a 2.51 ERA, has surrendered one earned run over 26 innings while striking out 37 in the last 10 games.

The Royals will try to keep things going against Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez (5-1, 5.18), who will be recalled for the third time after briefly getting sent down to Triple-A Tacoma. The right-hander improved to 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in his last three starts after yielding two runs in 5 2-3 innings in Thursday's 3-2 victory at Houston.

"Everything is about confidence," he told MLB's official website. "Confidence and being aggressive. That was really what I've done the last three starts, just go out there and not be thinking too much, just be aggressive as I can with all my pitches."

Ramirez has gone 3-0 on the road while holding opponents to a .220 average, significantly lower than his home mark of .304. He has never faced Kansas City.

The Mariners, who went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position Monday, have hit .209 and managed 26 runs during a 3-8 stretch. Morales is mired in a 6-for-45 (.133) slump, and Nick Franklin is 2 for his last 34 (.059).

Seattle's loss was its second in nine matchups versus Kansas City.

Ibanez, hitting .205 with one homer and four RBIs during a 31-game stretch, is uncertain to be available after sitting out the last two.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, whose eight-game hitting streak was snapped after going 0 for 3 on Monday, is 2 for his last 20 against the Mariners.

----------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Mariners at Royals
Mon, Sep 2 Final 1 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Mariners at Royals
Tue, Sep 3 - 8:10PM EDT

GAME 3
Mariners at Royals
Wed, Sep 4 - 8:10PM EDT

GAME 4
Mariners at Royals
Thu, Sep 5 - 2:10PM EDT
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
0 0
Post Comment
Pfile Nickname cnotes
  • Posts:22270
  • Followers:29
09/03/2013 01:34 PM
Preview: Pirates (80-57) at Brewers (59-78)
Game: 2
Venue: Miller Park
Date: September 03, 2013 8:10 PM EDT


The Pittsburgh Pirates have much bigger goals than simply earning their 81st win, but for a franchise that has been associated with losing for a generation, reaching the break-even mark would be a welcoming sign.

The Pirates try to get 81 wins for the first time in 21 years Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Pittsburgh (80-57) retook the NL Central lead, moving a game ahead of St. Louis with a 5-2 victory over the Brewers (59-78) on Monday. With the win, the Pirates surpassed last season's victory total and put the team on the verge of avoiding its first losing season since going 96-66 to win the NL East in 1992.

Pittsburgh is also seeking four straight wins at Miller Park for the first time since 2002. The Pirates had lost 44 of 51 games in Milwaukee from 2007-2012.

"It's huge to scrap one out here, because they've kind of had our number the last couple of years," Pittsburgh shortstop Clint Barmes said.

The Pirates turn to rookie Gerrit Cole (6-7, 3.80 ERA), who is 2-7 over his last 10 starts, despite a 3.84 ERA. He has been plagued by a lack of run support, as the Pirates have provided him 18 runs in those contests.

He was backed by zero runs in each of his last two starts - both losses - but Cole didn't help his cause Thursday, yielding four runs and 10 hits over a season-high 7 1-3 innings in a 4-0 decision to the Brewers.

"I was a little down, but (catcher John Buck) said to dwell on the fact that I pitched deep and helped save the bullpen,' Cole said. "It's still not as good as a win, but it helped me feel like I did something positive.'

The right-hander was outpitched by Yovani Gallardo in that outing, and the two will oppose each other again Tuesday.

Gallardo (10-9, 4.39) allowed six hits in seven innings, improving to 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA over three starts since coming off the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He said the two-plus weeks off gave him a chance to reflect and improve.

"Going on the DL took some of the pressure off,' Gallardo said. "I wanted to fix everything all at once. Obviously, it's tough to do that when you're getting ready to compete every four or five days against big league hitters. I was able to tweak a few things and now I feel like I'm in the rhythm to be the type of pitcher I can be."

The right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA in four starts against Pittsburgh this season. He has stymied several of the Pirates' leading hitters in Andrew McCutchen (2 for 10), Pedro Alvarez (1 for 8) and Gaby Sanchez (1 for 8).

He has yet to solve Buck this season, however. The former Mets catcher knocked three singles in three at_bats off Gallardo in his Pirates debut, and is 5 for 5 with a homer in 2013 matchups.

One of Pittsburgh's other recent acquisitions, Justin Morneau, is 4 for 8 all-time against Gallardo with two doubles.

Neil Walker, who iced Pittsburgh's win Monday with a three-run home run in the seventh, is 11 for his last 26 (.423) with a double, a triple and two homers.

----------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Pirates at Brewers
Mon, Sep 2 Final 5 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Pirates at Brewers
Tue, Sep 3 - 8:10PM EDT

GAME 3
Pirates at Brewers
Wed, Sep 4 - 8:10PM EDT
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
0 0
Post Comment
Pfile Nickname cnotes
  • Posts:22270
  • Followers:29
09/03/2013 01:36 PM
Preview: Twins (60-76) at Astros (45-92)
Game: 2
Venue: Minute Maid Park
Date: September 03, 2013 8:10 PM EDT


The future is on display this week at Minute Maid Park.

After a pair of rookies squared off in the opener of this three-game series between two of the worst teams in the AL, the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros will send young pitchers to the mound again Tuesday night.

Jarred Cosart (1-1, 1.59 ERA) has shown why he was one of the highest-ranked prospects in the Astros' system in each of the past two seasons. The right-hander burst onto the scene with eight scoreless innings in his major league debut July 12, beating Tampa Bay 2-1, and he's allowed three runs or fewer in each of his eight starts.

That includes Wednesday, when he failed to receive a decision despite allowing one run in six innings of a 6-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

The pressure of facing Chicago ace Chris Sale may have gotten to him early as the White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but Cosart got out of the jam with one run allowed.

He gave up four hits over his final five innings.

"(Pitching coach Doug) Brocail thought I was working really fast and he asked if I was all right," Cosart said. "I said, 'Yeah, just a little excited.' So I just kind of got back in my comfort zone."

Walks have limited Cosart's ability to pitch deep into games. He issued five for the third time Wednesday, driving his pitch count up to 113 after six innings.

He also hasn't gotten much support from a stagnant Houston offense, which has provided him 13 runs.

Cosart hopes the Astros (45-92) can stage a repeat of Monday, when their six runs and 13 hits marked their highest totals in a week. Houston, though, allowed the Twins to score five times in the last two innings in falling 10-6.

He also wouldn't mind a repeat of his Aug. 2 start against the Twins, when he held them to a run and five hits in seven innings of a 4-3, 13-inning loss.

Pedro Hernandez's introduction to the big leagues has been far less smooth than Cosart's, though he has three times as many wins.

Hernandez (3-1, 5.54) posted a 6.67 ERA in six starts this season before he was sent down to the minor leagues May 20.

He drove from Louisville, Ky., to make an emergency start June 23 in Cleveland, arriving at the team hotel at four in the morning. The 24-year-old left-hander then managed to work around six walks to yield two runs in five innings of a 5-3 win.

"After the third inning, I said, 'Come on. Let's go. This is my opportunity. I want to do my best right now,'" Hernandez said.

The Twins (60-76) hit seven home runs in 11 games before tying a season high with four Monday. Chris Colabello, Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe hit solo shots, and Colabello completed Minnesota's comeback from four runs down with a ninth-inning grand slam.

"The biggest goal for a hitter is to go out and be yourself," Colabello said. "Trust your approach. Trust what you do. Believe in what got you here and then go from there. Today was a good step in that direction."

Colabello had gone 42 at_bats without a homer and was 1 for 26 with 14 strikeouts over his previous eight games.

Dozier has four home runs in his last nine games.

Houston All-Star Jason Castro sustained a right knee sprain Monday, and with Max Stassi and Carlos Corporan on the seven-day concussion disabled list, Cody Clark may be the only catcher available.

Clark is 0 for 13 with six strikeouts in his first five big league games.

---------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Twins at Astros
Mon, Sep 2 Final 10 to 6
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Twins at Astros
Tue, Sep 3 - 8:10PM EDT

GAME 3
Twins at Astros
Wed, Sep 4 - 2:10PM EDT
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
0 0
Post Comment
Pfile Nickname cnotes
  • Posts:22270
  • Followers:29
09/03/2013 01:38 PM
Preview: Dodgers (82-55) at Rockies (65-74)
Game: 2
Venue: Coors Field
Date: September 03, 2013 8:40 PM EDT


The Los Angeles Dodgers may be without Yasiel Puig, but giving the ball to Ricky Nolasco may soften the blow of his potential absence.

While Puig's status is unclear, Nolasco looks to continue the best stretch of his career Tuesday night, when he faces the Colorado Rockies in an attempt to avenge his only loss as a Dodger.

Los Angeles (82-55) continues to cruise to an NL West title, and the club's latest winning streak reached five games with Monday's 10-8 victory in the opener of this three-game set at Colorado.

Extending that streak could be tougher without Puig, who is day-to-day after exiting in the sixth inning with a strained right knee.

"Going to get treatment see how it feels," Puig said through a translator, mentioning that the knee had been giving him trouble recently.

Puig has been a sensation for the Dodgers, hitting .351 with 14 homers, 32 RBIs and 55 runs to make him a serious contender for NL rookie of the year. He got a hit, scored a run and was hit by a pitch from Chad Bettis in the series opener.

If he's unable to play, the Dodgers will likely continue to lean on Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier.

Crawford is 7 for 13 with three doubles in his last three games, and Ethier is batting .435 with two homers and four doubles to go with a .552 on-base percentage in his last seven.

Nolasco (11-9, 3.26 ERA), meanwhile, looks to continue the most dominant stretch of his eight years in the majors.

The right-hander has tossed 16 consecutive scoreless innings over his last two starts, winning both while yielding five hits with 17 strikeouts and one walk. He fanned 11 Chicago Cubs in eight innings during Wednesday's 4-0 victory.

Nolasco has been brilliant since being acquired in a trade from Miami, going 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA.

"It definitely is a different feeling when you're going out there pitching for this team right now with this lineup going and how dangerous we are," Nolasco said. "I'm making better pitches. Mentally, I'm more focused."

He's won five straight decisions over his last eight games, dating to a 3-1 loss to the Rockies (65-74) on July 14.

Jhoulys Chacin (13-7, 3.08) got that win opposite Nolasco, and he's scheduled to start Tuesday. The right-hander, who has already set a career high in wins, yielded one run with six strikeouts in six innings July 14.

He is 2-0 in three starts against Los Angeles this year, but owns a 5.09 ERA while allowing the Dodgers to hit .320.

Chacin enters this matchup with a 6-1 record and 2.24 ERA over his last eight home starts. He was superb there Wednesday, overcoming an illness to allow an unearned run and one hit while matching his season high by fanning nine in seven innings of a 5-4 win over San Francisco.

"Everything was working for me," Chacin said. "My ball was sinking, my curveball was good and I got ground balls with my sinker."

Wilin Rosario and Michael Cuddyer are hot at the plate. Rosario is 12 for 21 (.571) with four RBIs over the past five games after hitting a solo homer and an RBI single Monday.

Cuddyer has six hits with two doubles, one homer and four RBIs over the past two games. That may only continue since he's 6 for 10 with two doubles and two homers off Nolasco.

The Dodgers may have Michael Young in the lineup for the first time after acquiring him from Philadelphia for a minor-leaguer and cash Saturday. Young struck out as a pinch-hitter in his team debut Monday.

----------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Dodgers at Rockies
Mon, Sep 2 Final 10 to 8
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Dodgers at Rockies
Tue, Sep 3 - 8:40PM EDT

GAME 3
Dodgers at Rockies
Wed, Sep 4 - 8:40PM EDT
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
0 0
Post Comment
Pfile Nickname cnotes
  • Posts:22270
  • Followers:29
09/03/2013 01:40 PM
Preview: Blue Jays (63-75) at Diamondbacks (69-67)
Game: 2
Venue: Chase Field
Date: September 03, 2013 9:40 PM EDT


The Arizona Diamondbacks were going to need an incredible September to have any chance of moving up and capturing the NL's second wild-card spot.

They've gotten off to a poor start to the month after a shaky finish to August, putting a serious dent in their playoff aspirations.

Arizona looks to avoid a fifth loss in six contests as it continues a three-game set against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

The Diamondbacks (69-67) were held scoreless on two hits over the first eight innings in falling 4-1 in Monday's series opener. Coupled with Cincinnati's 7-2 win over St. Louis earlier in the day, they dropped seven games behind the Reds for the second wild-card berth.

Arizona has dropped eight of 12 and totaled eight runs in the last five games.

"The offense this homestand has not been good. Everybody is that damn good? Come on," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Everybody isn't Cy Young and sometimes you have to beat Cy Young."

All-Star Paul Goldschmidt is 0 for 9 over the last three contests, Gerardo Parra is 3 for 18 in the past five and Eric Chavez is 1 for 15 with five strikeouts since being activated from the disabled list Aug. 26.

"Guys are playing hard, trying to have good at_bats," Goldschmidt said. "It just hasn't been as consistent as we would like. When you are not consistent you are not going to win a ton of games. You will win here and there, and that's what happened. As a whole the last couple of games, not good enough to win."

The Diamondbacks will try to score some runs for Wade Miley (9-9, 3.55 ERA) in his first appearance against last-place Toronto (63-75).

The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA over his last seven starts, with the loss coming Wednesday despite allowing two runs over seven innings in a 5-1 defeat to San Diego.

Miley will be opposed by rookie Todd Redmond (2-2, 4.30), who is coming off a solid start Wednesday. The right-hander gave up two runs and three hits while striking out seven over 5 2-3 innings of a 7-2 home win over the New York Yankees.

Redmond was hit hard in his previous outing, allowing eight runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 12-4 loss at Houston on Aug. 23. He has struggled on the road, going 0-1 with a 7.41 ERA in four starts while giving up 25 hits and walking six over 17 innings.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer Monday for the Blue Jays, giving him 35 on the season to go along with 101 RBIs. He's 6 for 16 (.375) with two home runs and four RBIs in the last five games.

"He's dangerous," manager John Gibbons said of Encarnacion, who set career highs with 42 homers and 110 RBIs last season. "Eddie's not just a slugger. Eddie goes up there with a plan. He's really a student of hitting."

The Blue Jays have won six of eight, allowing two runs or less in six of those games.

-----------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Blue Jays at Diamondbacks
Mon, Sep 2 Final 4 to 1
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Blue Jays at Diamondbacks
Tue, Sep 3 - 9:40PM EDT

GAME 3
Blue Jays at Diamondbacks
Wed, Sep 4 - 3:40PM EDT
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
0 0
Post Comment