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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 3-2 A's over the Rangers after 3.

Moss hit a 2 run homer off Darvish in the 1st inning. Going into today's game,
the A's trail the 1st place Rangers by one game.


 

The A's scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th to lead 9-2 after 6.

Barton hit a 2 run homer & Donaldson hit a 3 run shot.


 

9-3 after 7


 

11-3 after 8.
Crisp hit a 2 run home run.

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 3-2 A's over the Rangers after 3.

Moss hit a 2 run homer off Darvish in the 1st inning. Going into today's game,
the A's trail the 1st place Rangers by one game.


 

The A's scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th to lead 9-2 after 6.

Barton hit a 2 run homer & Donaldson hit a 3 run shot.


 

9-3 after 7


 

11-3 after 8.
Crisp hit a 2 run home run.


 

A's win 11-4. Soto homered in the top of the 9th for the Rangers.
I don't tjhink anyone picked the A's in the most runs contest.

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DENVER – Hyun-Jin Ryu has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start in Cincinnati with back stiffness and will be replaced by Chris Capuano, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.



The Dodgers are hoping Ryu can return to pitch Tuesday or Wednesday of next week against Arizona. Mattingly said he doesn't anticipate the injury being long term.

"We're not really concerned," Mattingly said. "Again, we're just being cautious, but no matter what the separation was [in the standings] right now, he wouldn't be pitching Friday. We would make sure he was right before he went out there."

Ryu slid awkwardly into home plate while scoring a run in Friday's game, which may have contributed to the injury. He threw in the bullpen before Tuesday's game and still felt tightness.

Ryu, a Rookie of the Year candidate who signed with the Dodgers in December after pitching in South Korea, is 13-5 with a 3.02 ERA. Capuano is 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 21 games.

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CLEVELAND -- Prior to Wednesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians made friends with a different kind of bird.

Pitcher Justin Masterson carried a live chicken on to the field for the team's pregame drills. The bird, supplied by one of the Indians' clubhouse workers from an area farm, spent most of batting practice standing with Cleveland's pitchers in front of the warning track in center field.

The chicken, unfazed by its surroundings, stood calmly on the field while balls hit during batting practice fell nearby. Several curious players came by to observe the chicken, which was picked up by pitchers Cody Allen and Rich Hill and then carried off the field when the drills concluded.

The chicken was a gift to Allen, and has been given the name "Cody."

The Indians were happy to show off their latest acquisition on Twitter:

It's a, well, interesting day at Progressive Field. Yes, that is a live chicken in the outfield shagging flies. pic.twitter.com/fKTHeG5LIA
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 4, 2013

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David Ortiz just got his 2,000 hit which was a double off Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque. Ortiz hit a solo HR in his previous AB for his 1,999 hit. I know a lot of you don't like the DH ( or the Red Sox ) but anybody here think he's not a future HOFer ????

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Boston is crushing Detroit 18-4 in the 7th inning. Nice game for David Ortiz as he has hit a HR ( career hit 1,999 ), a Double ( career hit 2,000 ) and another HR ( career hit 2,001 ) in 3 consecutive ABs.



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CanadianHorseman wrote: David Ortiz just got his 2,000 hit which was a double off Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque. Ortiz hit a solo HR in his previous AB for his 1,999 hit. I know a lot of you don't like the DH ( or the Red Sox ) but anybody here think he's not a future HOFer ????
Did he dodge all the PED stuff? If so, he's a fairly safe HOF candidate.

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Famous Mortimer wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: David Ortiz just got his 2,000 hit which was a double off Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque. Ortiz hit a solo HR in his previous AB for his 1,999 hit. I know a lot of you don't like the DH ( or the Red Sox ) but anybody here think he's not a future HOFer ????
Did he dodge all the PED stuff? If so, he's a fairly safe HOF candidate.


 

He's been suspected of using PED's.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/10/david-ortiz-steroids-dan-shaughnessy_n_3253527.html

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CINCINNATI -- St. Louis first baseman Allen Craig has a sprained left foot but no fracture, a big relief for a Cardinals team that feared it had lost its cleanup hitter for the rest of the season.

Craig hurt his foot while rounding first base during a 5-4, 16-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. He stayed on the ground for a long time and walked off gingerly.

X-rays in Cincinnati were inconclusive. He was sent back to St. Louis for an MRI and more X-rays that indicated nothing was broken.

Manager Mike Matheny says it's a relief that he can return at some point. The Cardinals were in second place in the NL Central, a game behind Pittsburgh, heading into their game on Thursday night.

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Matt Kemp injured his right hamstring while working out in Arizona, and his rehabilitation has been shut down indefinitely, the Los Angeles Dodgers said Friday.
Kemp was working out at the team's minor league facility in Glendale, Ariz. He was coming off a minor league rehab assignment in which he went 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts in Class A games. With just 23 games left in the Dodgers' season, Kemp's chances of returning appear slim.

"We've got to move on, we've got to continue to play," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told the "The Max & Marcellus Show" on ESPN LA 710. "We hope he gets better. In the meantime, they're not going to stop the season for us or give us a bye. We have to keep going with who we have."

Kemp, who came into the season off left shoulder surgery, is hitting .263 with a career-low .700 OPS. He hasn't played for the Dodgers since July 21, and has been on the disabled list three times this season with hamstring, shoulder and ankle issues.

With Kemp out, the Dodgers shifted Andre Ethier to center field and have used rookie Yasiel Puig in right. The Dodgers have been happy with Ethier's defense in center as well as with his .367 on-base percentage. Puig has been among their most effective hitters, batting .350 with a .971 OPS.

Kemp, 28, signed an eight-year, $160 million contract in November 2011. He was the 2011 National League MVP runner-up to Ryan Braun, but he has been injury-prone since hamstring issues started cropping up in May 2012.

"He's had a rough go to say the least," Colletti said.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- One more strike. Another couple of feet on a line drive.

That's all that stood between Yusmeiro Petit and one of the most unlikely perfect games in history.

Petit lost his bid for a perfect game on Eric Chavez's pinch-hit single with two out in the ninth inning and then recovered to retire the final batter in the San Francisco Giants' 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

"It doesn't get any closer than that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "A strike away and a couple feet away from catching it. Just a beautiful game that he pitched."

Petit (3-0) retired the first 26 batters in a remarkably efficient performance and then got two strikes on Chavez before unleashing a tempting curveball. But the veteran third baseman laid off that 2-2 curveball that Petit was certain he would chase.

Chavez lined the next pitch to right field, and Petit crouched as the ball left the bat. The Venezuelan pitcher put both hands over his head after Hunter Pence could only short-hop the ball following a valiant diving effort.

"The last two outs, it can go either way," Petit said through an interpreter. "I went to 3-2 count. I just wanted to throw a good pitch. Chavez got the hit."

Pence made a terrific catch on a similar play to help preserve a no-hitter by Tim Lincecum in San Diego on July 13. But he just missed preserving this piece of perfection.

"I gave it my best effort, but it wasn't enough," Pence said. "A low liner in front of me. I felt when it was hit I was in a dream where I could not run fast enough. Off the bat, it looked a little short."

Later, Pence wrote on Twitter:



The crowd of 41,190 fans responded with a standing ovation for Petit, who struck out seven in his 95-pitch gem. A.J. Pollock grounded out to third to finish Petit's first career complete game.

Petit became the 12th player to lose a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning and second this year, joining Texas ace Yu Darvish, who was nearly perfect against Houston in April.

"My thought is he's pitched a great game, now let's break his heart," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

Gibson picked Chavez for that task because of his experience. Chavez had never faced Petit before, but he went into the clubhouse to watch him pitch in the fifth inning to be prepared in case he was needed late in the game.

"I wasn't trying to break his heart; I was trying to break it up," Chavez said. "It's a pride thing."

Before the ninth, the closest Arizona came to a hit was pitcher Patrick Corbin's sinking line drive to left that forced defensive replacement Juan Perez to make a shoestring catch for the final out of the sixth.

"Bochy called me into the game and told me it might be an interesting game for me," Perez said. "Off the bat I thought it was hit harder than it was. I got a tough read on it. But I was still able to make the diving catch."

Pence had three hits, including a home run, and scored all three runs. Brett Pill and Hector Sanchez also drove in runs.

Corbin (13-6) tossed eight strong innings, giving up eight hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Petit broke into the majors in 2006 with the Marlins and then spent the next three years with Arizona. He was waived after the 2009 season and eventually landed in San Francisco.

He was designated for assignment twice this season but stuck with the Giants and has won each of his three starts since being called up late last month to make a case for a roster spot next season.

"Just a beautiful game," Bochy said. "A tremendous display of pitching. He was pounding the strike zone all day with all his pitches. He's fought his way to get back up here. He was up here earlier and went back to Fresno. He's just done a tremendous job, and he's trying to send a message that this is where he belongs and where he should be pitching."

Petit, making his 40th career start, needed 65 pitches to get through seven innings. The right-hander went to a three-ball count twice and did not throw more than five pitches to any one batter through seven.

Pence singled and scored on an error by shortstop Chris Owings in the second. He doubled and scored on Sanchez's base hit in the fourth. Pence then hit a drive to left in the eighth for San Francisco's first homer at home since Aug. 21.

Sanchez went 3-for-3 and also was behind the plate for Petit's best start of his career.

"We had a good plan," Petit said. "We had good communication through the whole game."


Game notes

Giants LHP Dan Runzler cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno. ... Giants C Buster Posey missed his third straight game with a swollen right ring finger. He's expected to miss at least two more games. ... RHP Matt Cain (8-8, 4.43 ERA) will start Saturday night's game for the Giants. He's 14-6 in 31 starts against the Diamondbacks. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-9, 4.94) gets the start Saturday for the Diamondbacks. He's coming off his eighth career complete game. ... The game-time temperature of 72 degrees made it the hottest night game of the season in San Francisco.

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NEW YORK -- The Boston Red Sox will be without center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury for the foreseeable future.

An industry source said Saturday that doctors are trying to determine whether Ellsbury has a deep bone bruise or fracture in his right foot, the result of fouling a ball off his foot Aug. 28 in a game at Fenway Park.
Ellsbury aggravated the injury Thursday night when he stole second base in the 10th inning of Boston's 9-8 win over the New York Yankees and did not respond to treatment Friday, according to manager John Farrell.

Ellsbury returned to Boston and underwent an examination an MRI on Saturday morning and was scheduled for additional testing, Farrell said. He also is scheduled to go to Denver to see Dr. Thomas Clanton of the Steadman Clinic for a second opinion.

"I don't think we're looking at something that is just day to day here," Farrell said Saturday. "But before we get into any kind of time frame, I think what's probably best for all involved here is to wait until we get more conclusive evidence and information."

The injury involves the navicular bone, the same bone that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia fractured in his left foot with a foul ball in San Francisco in 2010. Pedroia was placed on the disabled list the next day, June 26, returned to play two games in August before returning to the DL for the rest of the season. He had surgery in the offseason in which a screw was inserted to promote healing.

The Red Sox recalled Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket and started the rookie in center field for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

"We'll probably go day to day for the time being," Farrell said regarding Boston's outfield alignment.

Ellsbury, who leads the majors with 52 stolen bases, was batting .299 with a .355 on-base percentage. The speedster was batting .320 (24 for 75) in his last 17 games, with eight stolen bases in that span.

The injury initially occurred in the seventh inning of the Aug. 28 game against the Orioles, when Ellsbury fouled a pitch off the top of his right foot, just below the shin guard. He remained in the game, beat out an infield hit, stole second and came around to score the game-tying run on a base hit by Pedroia.

Ellsbury did not take the field the next inning, but a fluoroscan taken of the foot came back negative, Farrell said, and Ellsbury was back in the lineup the next night.

Ellsbury played in the next five games before sitting out last Tuesday's game against the Tigers because of a swollen left thumb. He then started the next two games before sitting out Friday night.

"[Ellsbury] is frustrated," Farrell said. "He wants to be on the field. He feels like he can play right now. But at the direction of the medical people, we have to be careful with this.

"I can tell you this: Jacoby wants to be on the field. He's kind of [ticked] he's not here right now, to be honest with you."

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As a Red Sox fan I don't think I've ever enjoyed a regular season series in New York more than the one going on right now. Thursday night the Red Sox win 9-8 after surviving a great New York comeback, on Friday Boston won 12-8 after a big comeback of their own and today Boston is crushing the Yankee$$$$ 12-3 in the 7th inning.



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NEW YORK -- As expected, Clay Buchholz has been penciled in for a start against the Rays in Tropicana Field Tuesday, when the Boston Red Sox open a three-game series against Tampa Bay, manager John Farrell said. Buchholz threw a bullpen Sunday after making three rehab starts.



"Seventy-five to 80 pitches is probably a reasonable number to throw,'' Farrell said. "We know there will be an increase in intensity, as we look for him to make that first step back.''

If Buchholz does indeed start Tuesday night in the Trop, it will be 94 days since he made his last start, June 8 against the Angels, in which he was a 7-2 winner and ran his record to 9-0, his ERA at a major league-best 1.71.

"Our goal for the remainder of the month would be not only to stretch him out, but to see if there's a certain dependability we get from him. We really can't expect him to come back and pitch to the form that led him to be a 1.7 ERA and the record that he has," said Farrell. "But starting on Tuesday, if that's the day he will begin with, we're hopeful we get a guy that's close to what he was prior to the injury and certainly will be an additional lift to this rotation.''

Farrell said after Sunday's game that left-hander Felix Doubront will be skipped this time through the rotation, with Ryan Dempster pitching Wednesday and Jake Peavy going Thursday.

Doubront said he welcomed the rest and that Farrell told him he'll be going back in the rotation before the end of the season. Doubront has a 6.58 ERA over his last five starts, and has not made it out of the fourth inning in the last two, going just 3 2/3 innings in Boston's 12-8 win over the Yankees Friday night, walking 6 while giving up 6 runs.

In other Red Sox pregame news, rookie Allen Webster was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to add bullpen depth. In Boston's last six games, the Red Sox have used five or more pitchers five times, including in each of the first three games of the Yankees series.

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NEW YORK -- Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has a compression fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot, but manager John Farrell insisted Sunday that the team's leadoff hitter likely will return before the end of the regular season.



According to a baseball source, the fracture is a tiny, hairline fracture at the top of Ellsbury's foot. The Red Sox are proceeding cautiously, but the source said that barring an unexpected setback, Ellsbury could be back within 10 days and probably no later than the final week of the season.

The fracture is non-displaced, Farrell said, and Ellsbury will be in a boot for a minimum of five days. Ellsbury was examined in Denver on Sunday by Dr. Tom Clanton of the Steadman Clinic, and will return to Boston.

"We feel like he'll return this year," Farrell said. "He's in a boot right now, and will be for the time being. We feel like he'll be back to us before this year is out. We're hopeful of the regular season."

Dustin Pedroia[size= had a non-displaced fracture of the same bone in 2010, returned for just two games, and had offseason surgery, limiting him to 75 games that season. In 2012,]Cody Ross[size= fractured the same bone in his left foot and missed 27 games.]

All three players -- Ellsbury, Pedroia, and Ross -- were injured the same way, by fouling a ball off their foot.

Ellsbury's injury initially occurred in the seventh inning of the Aug. 28 game against the Orioles, when Ellsbury fouled a pitch off the top of his right foot, just below the shin guard. He remained in the game, beat out an infield hit, stole second and came around to score the game-tying run on a base hit by Pedroia.

Ellsbury did not take the field the next inning, but played in the next five games before sitting out last Tuesday's game against the Tigers with a swollen left thumb. He then started the next two games before aggravating the foot injury Thursday night when he stole second base in the 10th inning of Boston's 9-8 win against the New York Yankees. He did not respond to treatment Friday, according to Farrell.

Ellsbury returned to Boston and underwent an MRI on Saturday morning before heading to Denver.

Ellsbury, who leads the majors with 52 stolen bases, is hitting .299 with a .355 on-base percentage. The speedster was batting .320 (24-for-75) in his last 17 games, with eight stolen bases in that span.

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