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 Posted: Tue Sep 12th, 2017 06:27 pm
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels right-hander Alex Meyer is likely to miss the 2018 season after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler had better news on left-hander Andrew Heaney on Monday, saying an MRI exam revealed nothing seriously wrong with his shoulder.

Meyer's surgery will be performed Tuesday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, and the typical recovery time is 12 months.

The 6-foot-9 starter made a career-high 13 big-league appearances this season with the Angels, going 4-5 with a 3.74 ERA. He hasn't pitched in the majors since July 19.

Heaney left his start in Seattle on Saturday with soreness in his shoulder. A clinical examination showed ''internal impingement,'' but no acute strain, according to Eppler.

Heaney is questionable to make his next scheduled start.

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Jacoby Ellsbury has claimed possession of an obscure all-time record.

The New York Yankees outfielder received his 30th career catcher's interference call Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays, breaking the previous major-league record set by Pete Rose, according to Sports Illustrated's Kenny Ducey.

A record that may never be broken! @JacobyEllsbury collects his 30th career catcher's interference, passing Pete Rose for most all-time. pic.twitter.com/3tRaTPWDu1

— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) September 12, 2017
Prior to the game, Ellsbury and Rose were tied with 29 apiece.

The veteran outfielder set the single-season record last year with 12 catcher interference calls. He reaches the all-time mark in only 5,308 career plate appearances.

The record should also prove to be a great birthday present for Ellsbury, who turned 34 on Monday.

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There's no stopping the Cleveland Indians as the club continued its unbelievable win streak on Monday, shutting out the Detroit Tigers 11-0 en route to a 19th straight victory.

The Indians are now one win short of tying the 2002 Oakland "Moneyball" Athletics for the longest streak in American League history, and only two shy of tying the major-league record set by the Chicago Cubs, who won 21 consecutive games in 1935.

The New York Giants (1916) and Chicago White Stockings (1880) won 26 and 21 straight games, respectively, but their separate win streaks included unofficial ties.

The Indians are now trussed with the 1947 New York Yankees and 1906 Chicago White Sox as the other teams in major-league history with 19-straight wins. Much like the aforementioned Giants and White Stockings, the 1906 White Sox' streak included a tie.

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco cruised in the victory, tossing six shutout innings while striking out nine in the process. Francisco Lindor also continued his dominant stretch at the plate with four RBIs, including a three-run triple early in the game.

AL MVP candidate Jose Ramirez was removed from the game in the sixth inning as a precaution after the 24-year-old fouled a ball off his left forearm. Two innings earlier, Ramirez hit his 26th home run of the season.

Amazingly, the Indians are now above the 100-plus run differential mark, outscoring their opponents 132-32 throughout their 19-game win streak. Ace right-hander Corey Kluber will take the hill on Tuesday against Tigers southpaw Matt Boyd when the club attempts to match the Athletics' record of 20 straight.

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Ryan Vogelsong began his big-league career as a member of the San Francisco Giants after being drafted by the organization in 1998, and the 40-year-old will retire wearing the same uniform.

San Francisco announced Monday Vogelsong will retire as a member of the Giants and will be honored Sunday at AT&T Park before they host the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Vogelsong spent seven years in San Francisco, returning to the club in 2011 after spending time pitching in Japan.

He returned to become an All-Star in '11 after winning 13 games and posting a 2.71 ERA during 28 starts. He was also a 14-game winner in 2012 when the Giants won the World Series.

Vogelsong last pitched in the majors for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016, a season which he may have wanted to forget. The veteran was struck in the face by a pitch and needed surgery to repair multiple facial fractures.

Over the course of his career, Vogelsong was 61-75 with a 4.48 ERA during 12 big-league seasons, all of them spent with the Giants or Pirates.

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Shohei Otani knows how to put on a show.

With a bevy of scouts from the United States at the Sapporo Dome, Otani made only his third start of the season as a pitcher for the Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday, and the two-way phenom did not disappoint. Otani dazzled on the mound against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, and his fastball topped out at 163 kph - or 101.3 mph - in the second inning.

That speed was just a hair shy of tying his own record for the fastest pitch ever thrown in Japanese baseball. Last September, Otani threw a 101.9-mph fastball.

Otani didn't allow a run in 5 2/3 innings of one-hit work Tuesday, and struck out four while walking three. His Fighters defeated Rakuten by a score of 7-0.

No mercy on Otani's slider against Hiroaki Shimauchi right here. #KBO pic.twitter.com/2NRZFhdv3R

— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) September 12, 2017
"I think I was able to show some good pitching and we won, so I'm happy about that," Otani told Kyodo News. "Compared to how I throw when I'm in top form, I'm not there yet, but I was able to pitch carefully so as to keep them off the board. I'm looking forward to next time."

All eyes were on Otani on this night. Kyodo News reported that half of MLB's 30 teams were in attendance at the Sapporo Dome, and Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times noted at least 27 people were seated in the stadium's designated scout section.

Otani has drawn comparisons to Babe Ruth with his potential as a two-way player in the majors, but prior to Tuesday, he'd made just two starts this season due to a thigh injury that sidelined him for much of the first half. When healthy, the 23-year-old has been employed mostly as a designated hitter this year - and he's acquitted himself quite well, slashing .346/.574/.416 with seven homers, 22 extra-base hits, and 28 RBIs across 185 plate appearances.

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The Toronto Blue Jays welcomed back veteran catcher Russell Martin as the Canadian was activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Martin, who has been out since Aug. 11 due to a left oblique strain, rejoins the team after a 29-game absence. He won't be in Tuesday's lineup but is expected to get the start in the series finale, manager John Gibbons told Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.

In his third year in Toronto, Martin has hit .223/.354/.381 with 12 home runs and 27 RBIs across 81 games. Because he missed so much time with injury, the 34-year-old will fail to appear in over 100 games for the first time since 2010, when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Martin is owed $40 million through the 2019 season.

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CLEVELAND (AP) As they climb toward baseball history with every win, the streaking Cleveland Indians are chasing a hallowed, 101-year-old record that includes an asterisk.

A major league asterisk.

The 26-game winning string by the 1916 New York Giants includes a tie.

''I think I knew that,'' Indians closer Cody Allen said.

Not everyone is aware of the peculiarity. And as the Indians, who on Monday night extended the longest winning streak in 15 years to 19 straight, have moved into position to threaten New York's revered mark, questions have arisen as to why a team that won 12 consecutive games, played a tie and then ripped off 14 more wins in a row would have the record.

It's simple. It's complicated. It's baseball.

''A tie was never an acceptable result of a baseball game,'' explained Steve Hirdt, executive vice president at the Elias Sports Bureau, major league baseball's official record keeper. ''If one happened because of darkness or rain or some certain circumstance, the game was played over.

''Sports fans are used to the nuance in hockey and football of the difference between a winning streak and an unbeaten streak or consecutive games streak without a loss. Baseball has never had those two different records. They would replay the game until a legitimate won or loss result was achieved.''

Only three teams - the 1916 Giants, the 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and the 2002 Oakland Athletics (20) - have won 20 in a row and the Indians, who are closing in on another AL Central title, try to join them Tuesday night with Cy Young contender Corey Kluber on the mound against the Detroit Tigers.

If they get to 20, the Indians have five more consecutive home games to inch closer to a record - with its slight abnormality - that has endured.

Perhaps because of confusion over the tie, New York's 26-game streak has been absent from lists on some baseball websites and elsewhere. The omission could be because some databases only recognize wins and losses and when the Giants' season is calculated, there is an interruption in a streak that is widely known to hardcore baseball fans as the one to beat.

''The Giants' 26-game winning streak has existed since the beginning of time,'' Hirdt said. ''I do not know why certain people are looking at the 21 now and holding that up as the record or alternately trying to parse language so that they can somehow exclude the 26.

''It's the longest winning streak, it's the record for most consecutive wins, etc., because a tie game breaks neither a winning streak or losing streak for a team because it always gets replayed unless the season ends first.''

Those streaky New York Giants, guided by irascible manager John McGraw, were in the midst of a 31-game homestand at the Polo Grounds when they won 12 straight before a Sept. 18 game against Pittsburgh - 42-year-old Honus Wagner drove in the Pirates' only run with a sacrifice fly - was called by rain after nine innings and the score tied 1-1.

The Giants came back the following day and, playing their third doubleheader in four days, swept the Pirates. They didn't lose again until Sept. 30, falling 8-3 to the Boston Braves.

Earlier that season, the Giants won 17 straight games - all on the road - to offset a 2-13 start. Despite its tendency to take off on a tear, New York finished 86-66 and in fourth place in an eight-team league won by the Brooklyn Robins.

''Incredible,'' Hirdt said of the Giants' streakiness. ''I guess if they weren't streaking, they weren't interested.''

Today, games that are tied when called are suspended and resume at that point. There are instances where games end in ties, as happened to the Cubs last season when a late September game with Pittsburgh ended 1-1 because the teams were not scheduled to meet again.

During their streak, the Indians have been bulldozing teams, outscoring opponents 132-32 during a remarkable run that began on Aug. 24 with a 13-6 win at Boston followed by three straight shutouts at home over Kansas City.

Since then, there's been nothing but W's, let alone a tie.

But tied games were fairly common a century ago, when doubleheaders often were played in the late afternoon and there were no stadium lights.

While the Indians insist they're not chasing history, often repeating the one-day-at-a-time cliche athletes typically fall back on to explain success, Hirdt, like many baseball fans, is eager to see if Cleveland can topple the Giants' gigantic mark.

''This is the record that I always wanted to see challenged,'' he said. ''People always ask me, 'What record would you like to see broken?' I've always been a team-oriented guy and I tell them I would like to see a consecutive winning streak.

''And here it is.''

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After months of tepid speculation regarding his future with the Boston Red Sox, former slugger David Ortiz confirmed on Tuesday that he and the club have agreed to a role within the organization.

"I'm going to be doing different things with the Red Sox," Ortiz said at a partnership event, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.

"I'm going to be up in the front office. Doing some things like seeing players. That's going to happen. At some point you're going to see me more often around, things like spring training. Pretty much what the other guys normally do."

Rumors had originally suggested that Ortiz would return to the Red Sox as a player, but the storied slugger said that was never going to happen.

"No. I told you guys how it was going to be and it's been that way," Ortiz said, when asked if the Red Sox pushed him for a return.

"Just because I look in shape and everything, don't let me fool you. I haven't swung the bat since I retired."

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The New York Mets likely haven't made many fans this season, and they can definitely count one enemy among their storied alumni.

Darryl Strawberry, former outfielder for the Mets, shared criticisms about the new regime in Flushing, N.Y., while also applauding how the New York Yankees - the franchise he retired with - have done business.

"(George Steinbrenner) is probably the greatest owner there ever will be in sports," Strawberry told WABC 770 AM. "He loved people and he loved his players.

"He doesn't turn his back on players, like the other organization across town. It's just the reality, it's real. The players on the '86 championship team, we don't even deal with the Mets. It's not Fred Wilpon, it's the new thing," Strawberry continued, implicating the Sandy Alderson regime.

Back in 2014, Paul DePodesta - then the vice president of player development and amateur scouting - told his staff he was "tired of hearing about the '86 Mets," according to a Mike Puma of the New York Post.

DePodesta has since moved on and is the chief strategy officer for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.

In his eight years with the Mets, Strawberry slashed .263/.359/.878 while winning the Rookie of the Year in 1983. The eight-time All-Star was also a four-time World Series champion, winning one with the Mets and a trio with the Yankees.

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When Corey Kluber stepped off the mound after hurling a complete game shutout against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night at Progressive Field, he officially etched his name into the record books.

Kluber earned the victory in impressive fashion, notching the Indians' historic 20th consecutive win and tying them with the 2002 Oakland Athletics for the longest such streak ever in the American League.

"I think everybody kind of looks up to him," Indians manager Terry Francona said during a press conference Tuesday after Kluber's dominant performance. "Because of the way he carries himself, the professional that he is. It's hard not to … It's easy to talk about Kluber because he's so good."

While Cleveland's streak has been one of the most impressive of all time, and one of the brightest and most-followed storylines of 2017, Kluber's dominance since returning from a lower back injury in June has also been something to watch, as he's pitched his way into top spot for the American League Cy Young award.

While the Yankees' Luis Severino and Indians' Carlos Carrasco have had terrific years, Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox may be Kluber's only real competition for the Cy and even that is becoming harder to defend as the 'Klu-Bot' continues to pitch like a man possessed.

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With his city still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Miami Marlins president David Samson announced Wednesday his club's weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers - originally scheduled to be played at Marlins Park - will be played at Miller Park so as not to burden Miami's public service resources.

"Major League Baseball in conjunction with the Miami Marlins, agreed that it is in the best interest of our community to relocate this weekend's Marlins games against the Milwaukee Brewers to Milwaukee," Samson said in a statement. "Marlins Park stood ready to host the game, but we all agreed that burdening public service resources was not the proper course of action.

Following Hurricane Irma, the Miami Marlins realize that all of our employees, as well as our entire community, have other needs that must take a priority at this time. The Miami Marlins look forward to returning home on Monday to play the Mets."

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As the Boston Red Sox continue to push for their second division title in as many years, the status and return of David Price remains up in the air.

Price completed his second simulated game on Wednesday, tossing three innings (47 pitches). Afterward, Red Sox manager John Farrell told Evan Drellich of CSNNE that it would be "aggressive" for Price to return as a starter this season.

Farrell confirmed he would sit down with Price on Thursday to discuss his role with the team moving forward.

"I just want to pitch, whatever it is," Price told Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. "That’s fine."

With Chris Sale dominant as ever, and Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Doug Fister all pitching well of late, the Red Sox could opt to deploy Price as a shutdown reliever when he returns, and into the postseason.

Though his struggles in October are known, Price pitched out of the bullpen as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Rays during the club's World Series run in 2008. In five appearances that postseason, Price recorded a 1.59 ERA with eight strikeouts.

The veteran left-hander has been sidelined since July 22 with elbow discomfort. He's made 11 starts this year, posting a 3.82 ERA with 62 strikeouts and 22 walks.

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CLEVELAND (AP) All-Star reliever Andrew Miller will likely be activated from the disabled list Thursday and re-join the red-hot Cleveland Indians.

Miller has been on the DL twice with tendinitis in his right knee. Despite not having him, the Indians tied the American League record with 20 straight wins entering their series finale with Detroit on Wednesday.

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said the plan is to have Miller pitch in Thursday's game in a ''low leverage'' situation where he gets one out in an inning. From there, the Indians will increase Miller's workload to get him ready for the postseason.

One of baseball's best late-inning pitchers, Miller is 4-3 with a 1.65 ERA in 48 games. Last October, the left-hander was nearly unhittable while helping the Indians make the World Series for the first time since 1997.

Miller struck out 30 batters in 19 1-3 innings in the 2016 postseason.

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A sign reading "Racism is as American as baseball" was briefly draped over the Green Monster at Fenway Park on Wednesday night as the Boston Red Soxplayed host to the Oakland Athletics.
A sign that read 'Racism is American as baseball' was just dropped from the Green Monster by a fan at Fenway.pic.twitter.com/OYCbQYpjoh
— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) September 14, 2017
Unfurled in the top of the fourth inning, the banner was confiscated by security personnel after a few minutes, according to Evan Drellich of WEEI, and the four fans responsible for the sign were escorted out of the ballpark. None of them were arrested, however, or banned from the stadium, reports Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, who noted that one of them mentioned being inspired by Black Lives Matter.
In a statement, a Red Sox spokeswoman explained that the fans were escorted from Fenway Park after hanging a banner "in violation of the club’s policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark."
This marks the third time this season that racism has been a very public issue at Fenway Park. In May, the Red Sox and the mayor of Boston apologized toBaltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones after the five-time All-Star said he was "called the n-word a handful of times" during a game. Then, in August, Red Sox owner John Henry said he wanted to rename Yawkey Way, the street on which Fenway Park resides, due to longtime owner Tom Yawkey's history of racial discrimination.






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