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Yankees manager Aaron Boone isn't giving up on Jay Bruce.The veteran, filling in at first base for the injured slugger Luke Voit, hasn't had the best start to the season. Entering play on Sunday, Bruce ishitting .111 (3-for-27) over New York's first eight games. He has one home run in that span, along with , but he's also punched out 10 times.It's gotten to a point where Bruce was pushed back to the ninth spot in New York's order. He had hit as Stephen Piscotty Jersey early as fifth earlier in the season."He's one of those guys that's got to get rolling at the plate," Boone said on Saturday after the Yankees' third lo s in a row, falling 4-0 to the Rays in Tampa Bay.Bruce's struggles have extended to his play on defense as well. A corner outfielder by trade, Bruce is still learning how to play first base at a high level. While he hasn't Walt Weiss Jersey made any egregious errors, there's been a few balls in the dirt that he's been unable to pick on throws from around the diamond, plays that an elite first baseman would make with ease."I think he's done a lot of good things defensively and I do think he has some natural movements over there," Boone Tony Phillips Jersey said. "Again, it's gaining that everyday experience that's hard to replicate. You've got to get reps where everything is second nature. The little nuances of the position become second nature. He's done a lot of good in that area, but obviously there's still room for growth."Scroll to ContinueBruce is expected to start at first base for the rest of this month, filling in until Voit is able to return from left knee surgery. New York has Mike Fordwho was recalled on Friday from the Alternate Site, but didn't see the fieldas well as infielder DJ LeMahieu Oakland Athletics Jersey as those that can play first.The 34-year-old made a smooth play at first with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound on Tuesday. Moving to his right, Bruce scooped up a grounder and swiftly delivered an accurate throw to home plate to nail a runner trying to score from third.Asked about his defense so far this year after that play, Bruce joked that there aren't many plays that he'll consider "easy" at first. That said, he's starting to notice some improvements."I'm definitely getting more used to it and it's starting to slow down for me some, I think that's the biggest thing," Bruce said. Santiago Casilla Jersey "I have the ability to do it. I think slowing the game down and understanding that the timing of everything and the positioning and the anticipation is something that is going to continue to come and the more I play it. So, I look forward to having having those those chances and opportunities and just want to continue to get better at it."MORE:
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For any fans who have wondered how Globe Life Field is going to play, Texas Rangers star Joey Gallo was pretty blunt in a conference call with the local beat writers.It is playing big as hell," Gallo said.When one of the strongest hitters in baseball says something like that, it's hard to ignore it."It is definitely going to be a pitcher's park," Gallo said. "We are trying to get those Khris Davis Jersey fences moved in a little bit. Its a little deep I am not going to lie. Us hitters are getting a little nervous about that. But its a beautiful ballpark."With restrictions in place, the Rangers have been allowing players who are living or currently residing in the area to utilize the new state-of-the-art retractable roof stadium.Gallo did mention that players that are working out at the facility have been hitting with Oakland Athletics Jersey the roof closed and that it could po sibly play different with the roof open.Globe Life Field's dimensions are especially deep Catfish Hunter Jersey in center field, reaching as far as 410 feet.If the new ballpark does turn out to favor pitchers, it would be a significant change from Globe Like Park, the former home of the Rangers that still sits acro s the street. Globe Life Park favored hitters, especially the power-hitting lefties like Gallo, thanks to a jet stream that helped carry the ball to right field.Scroll to ContinueWith Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels visiting the facility on Monday, Gallo and the other players did not pa s up the opportunity to mention the position of the fences to the team's President of Baseball Operations."He was there today. I asked him if he could move them back even more so we can't hit any home runs," Gallo joked Joe Morgan Jersey .We said it, and hopefully you guys will write about it and well get them moved in, Gallo continued. Its definitely playing bigger than our old ballpark so far. Im getting nervous. Im a home-run hitter. Thats what Im relying on.In regards to the synthetic playing surface that became a polarizing topic among players and fans alike, Gallo spoke highly of the new playing surface."It's really nice turf Matt Joyce Jersey ," Gallo said. "It really doesn't feel like turf. It's the best turf I've been on. It doesn't feel like there's any lingering side effects from it. The playing surface is top-of-the-line. It doesn't get any better than that."
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The stars were out in Philadelphia for game four of the National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park Saturday night.One night after Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce made an appearance at the Phillies' playoff game and hugged the Phillie Phanatic, former Villanova head coach Jay Wright Chris Sale Jersey and .But it was the 2008 World Series champion and 2006 National League MVP Ryan Howard that would throw out the ceremonial first pitch, kicking off the festivities Saturday night.Howard was greeted by a number of loud cheers as the crowd erupted to see the Phillies hero return to Citizens Bank Park. He threw out the first pitch to the Phillie Phanatic, and received more Babe Ruth Jersey cheers as he walked off the field.The Phillies would go on to beat the San Diego Padres 10-6, coming back from an early 4-0 deficit in the first inning, as neither team's starting pitcher would make it out of the first inning, .With their victory Boston Red Sox Hoodie Saturday, the Phillies are just one win away from their first World Series trip since 2009, when Howard was the team's first baseman.Howard finished third in National League MVP voting in 2009, batting .279 with a league-leading 141 RBI, to go with 45 home runs and a .360 on base percentage, .931 OPS and 141 Carl Yastrzemski Jersey OPS+.One year earlier, Howard finished second in NL MVP voting to St. Louis Cardinals great Albert Pujols, as the Phillies would go on to win their second-ever World Series title, and their first since 1980.Last week on the , wife to 2008 World Series champion Kyle Kendrick, , when they won five straight National League East division titles between 2007 Wade Boggs Jersey and 2011.Subscribe to the Jack Vita Show on: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Available wherever podcasts are found.
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Fred Lynn Jersey On this date in franchise history, the Texas Rangers clinched their first postseason series victory in team history, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series. On Oct. 12, 2010, the series shifted back to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg for a decisive Game 5. To that point, the road team had won each game in the series the Rangers taking Games 1 and 2 at the Trop and the Rays taking Games 3 and 4 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.After a day off to travel, the Rangers played their first Game 5 in a postseason series in franchise history. Both teams to sed their aces back out onto the hill: Cliff Lee for the Rangers and David Price for the Rays. The Rangers grabbed a 1-0 lead to start the game when Elvis Andrus scored on a Josh Hamilton ground out. But the Rays answered relatively quickly, scoring a run off Lee in the bottom of the third on a Ben Zobrist RBI single. That would be the only run Wade Boggs Jersey the Rays would score. The Rangers regained the lead in the top of the fourth after Nelson Cruz doubled and later scored from third on a Rays throwing error. Vladimir Guerrero scored in the top of the sixth inning, and then Ian Kinsler homered in the ninth to give the Rangers some insurance. Scroll to ContinueThe Rangers Carlton Fisk Jersey bullpen received a rest that night. Lee was brilliant, giving up one run on six hits and struck out 11 in a complete-game victory. With the win, the Rangers and Rays capped the first postseason series in which the visiting team won every game, and Lee set a record for most strikeouts in an ALDS (21, after notching 10 in his first win in the series in Game 1). Next up for the Rangers? The American Mookie Betts Jersey League Championship Series, against a familiar foe. Also on this date Oct. 12, 2011: For the second time in five days, the Rangers won an extra-inning game in the American League Championship Series, as they defeated the Detroit Tigers, 7-3, in 11 innings in Detroit. Like Game 1, the contest had a significant delay due to weather (two hours and 13 minutes). At least this delay was before the game actually started. The Rangers took the lead in the 11th after a three-run home run by Nelson Cruz, which was his fourth home run of the seriesOct. 12, 2015: The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Rangers, 8-4, in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. With the win, Johnny Pesky Jersey the Jays won both games in Arlington and sent the series back to Toronto for a decisive Game 5.
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The Yu Darvish Jersey Yankees finally saw one of their trade deadline acquisitions, Harrison Bader, debut for the team on Wednesday. However, they placed another pre-deadline pick-up on the injured list to make room for the center fielder.New York added Frankie Montas to the15-day I.L., retroactive to Sept. 17, with right shoulder inflammation following an MRI. The right-hander dealt with the same i sue for over two weeks in July while still a member of the Athletics. Still, the Yankees sent a package of Cooper Bowman, Luis Medina, JP Sears and Ken Waldichuk to Oakland for Lou Trivino and Montas, who has struggled with New York since the trade.The 29 Ryne Sandberg Jersey -year-old has a6.35 ERA over eight starts with the Yankees.Montas will be shut down from throwing for at least 10 days after receiving a cortisone shot on Monday (he also received one in July). That won't leave him much time to build himself back up before the playoffs. However, Montas hopes to be a contributor in October, though it's unclear how the Yankees would Anthony Rizzo Jersey use him after a poor start to his pinstriped career.I mean, I still want to go back and try and help the team in the playoffs, Montas told reporters Tuesday, per . You know, whenever I can.Yankees manager Aaron Boone expre sed similar hopes, though he will take a wait-and-see approach with Montas.Its certainly po sible, Boone said, referring to Montas timetable. But well just see how the recovery goes over the next week or 10 days. And then well Jon Lester Jersey see where we are from a calendar standpoint, how many pitches we can get him up to, those types of things.With Montas on the shelf, Domingo Germn will slot into the Yankees' rotation and start on Saturday against the Red Sox. Germn has pitched well since coming off the I.L. in July, recording a 3.12 ERA over 57.2 innings, Chicago Cubs Hoodie including 11 starts.Luis Severino will also rejoin the Yankees' rotation on Wednesday after a lengthy stint on the I.L.
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Updated: Final score: Astros 7, Dodgers 5. Chicago Cubs T-Shirts Josh James the winner (1-0), Kenley Jansen the deserving loser (0-4). L.A. home runs byEnrique Hernandez (5), Chris Taylor (4). Houston improves to 23-23. Dodgers fall to 32-14 and suffer their worst lo s of the year. Welcome to another of our daily game threads. Saturday marks the first of a Willson Contreras Jersey pair with the Astros at Chavez Ravine. First pitch is at 5:07 p.m. PT on Big Fox.Reader-participation game threads are posted in this space daily for every Dodgers contest that is telecast locally or nationally, including the postseason as long as the locals are in there. All of them. With yours truly as the discu sion host.I post a new game thread, along with the lineups and the most recent game's highlights in this space at least 40 minutes minutes Greg Maddux Jersey prior to first pitch each night. So if you're looking for a reliable source for that information, you'll find it here.To participate, click the "follow" button in the top right corner of this web page and type your thoughts into the comments section at the bottom of the page. You'll need to set up an "account" if you're a newcomer to the comments section. I Albert Almora Jr Jersey hope you will. Feel free to if you get stuck.Scroll to Continue***Make sure to click that refresh button to stay up to date***Per the Dodgers:"Reminder that SportsNet LA and Dodgers games are now available to Spectrum, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, U-verse TV and AT&T TV Now customers in Southern California Javier Baez Jersey , Las Vegas and Hawaii. Channel listings can be found "
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It wasn't long ago Craig Kimbrel was getting booed at Corey Knebel Jersey Dodger Stadium due to his inability to close out games.It wasn't long ago people were calling for Kimbrel to not only be removed from the closer position, but from the team entirely.And it wasn't long ago, that Kimbrel was coming out of the bullpen to Guns Milwaukee Brewers Hoodie N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine."As his walk-out song changed to "Let It Go," Kimbrel felt inspired to do the same with his poor pitching.Scroll to ContinueSince the change in music, Kimbrel has been lights out.However, despite his six consecutive scorele s and hitle s appearances, Dodgers Eric Thames Jersey insider of the postseason."When we get into October, it's going to be a combination of different pitchers to get the final nine outs depending on match ups. I can see Evan Phillips getting the final three outs. I can see Alex Orlando Arcia Jersey Vesia getting the final out. I can even see, if the Dodgers decide on deploying Dustin May out of the bullpen, and him kind of filling the role that Julio Urias did at times in 2020."He did go on to say that he believes Kimbrel has solidified his spot on the postseason roster if he continues to play at this level, it just won't be in Milwaukee Brewers Hats the 9th inning.If Kimbrel continues to pitch the way he has, I don't think Dodger fans would be too mad hearing 'Let It Go' during the postseason, especially if it's before the 9th inning.
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The Kansas City Royals got in eight innings of baseball on Friday night before thunderstorms rolled in, and that ended up being all that was needed to call a 12-2 lo s.Starter Kris Bubic surrendered three earned runs and three extra-base Travis Shaw Jersey hits over the course of his first 15 pitches on Friday, but then settled in and retired 14 of his next 15 batters faced. The Royals ended up making it a 3-2 game, but then their bullpen faltered and the New York Yankees jumped all the way out to hanging a total of 12 runs on the scoreboard. After a brief rain delay, the game was deemed over and New York took a 1-0 series lead.On Saturday, the Royals are back at Kauffman Stadium for the second of three games against the Yankees. Kansas City, 7-11 on the year, will look to get back on track while New York (14-6) is simply aiming to keep the good times rolling against an inferior opponent. Anything the Jonathan Villar Jersey Royals can get out of this series should be deemed a positive, as the Yankees are a premier American League opponent.Here's how the Royals will line up in this evening's game:Kansas City: RHP Carlos Hernandez (0-0, 6.43 ERA)New York: RHP Gerrit Cole (1-0, 4.00 ERA)Scroll to ContinueKansas City Royals Starting LineupNicky Lopez (L) - SSWhit Merrifield (R) - 2BAndrew Benintendi Yovani Gallardo Jersey (L) - LFSalvador Perez (R) - CCarlos Santana (S) - 1BHunter Dozier (R) - DHBobby Witt Jr. (R) - 3BKyle Isbel (L) - CFEdward Olivares (R) - RFThe Chiefs acquired pitcher Matt Peacock last week from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations, and the righty is already slated to make his debut with the team. The 28-year-old boasts a career 4.96 ERA in 89 innings pitched at the MLB level and has officially been recalled from Triple-A Omaha. In a corresponding move, relief pitcher Jake Brentz has been placed on the 10-day Injured Glenn Robinson Jersey List with a left flexor strain. In 5-1/3 innings pitched this season, Brentz has a ghastly 23.63 ERA and the lefty has struggled to find his command.In 14 innings spanning acro s three starts this year, Carlos Hernandez has allowed 20 hits and 10 runs. It's been a rough beginning to the year for a player who flashed perhaps the most upside of any young Royals starter a year ago, but Hernandez did right the ship a bit over the course of his last start a 5-1/3 inning no-decision against the Seattle Mariners. Hernandez's fastball velocity is down this year and overall, he simply doesn't look like the same pitcher he was in 2021. The Royals will hope he can return to form on Saturday, but it'll be a very tall task against what is a lethal Yankees lineup.First Pitch: 6:10 Christian Yelich Jersey p.m. CSTTV: Bally Sports Kansas CityRadio: KCSP 610 AM
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As the Chicago Cubs took part in a fire sale at the 2021 MLB trade deadline, suddenly fans saw superstars such as Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant traded away for prospects who were still years away from the majors. While parting with key pieces of the 2016 World Series championship team was tough, one of those prospects acquired via Tyler Naquin Jersey trade with the New York Mets is now primed to be a future star in Chicago. He is 20-year-old outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, who recently became the Cubs' newly No. 1 ranked prospect via .As the California native continues his string of dominance throughout the team's minor league system, the promotion bumps him from Cleveland Indians Hoodie seventh to first on Chicagos prospect list. Overall, he comes in at No. 31 in the top 100.A graduate of famed baseball powerhouse high school Harvard-Westlake, Crow-Armstrong was drafted by the Mets directly out of the program as the 19th-overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. One year later, he found himself dealt from New York for superstar infielder Larry Doby Jersey Javy Bez. Scroll to ContinueBez chose not to re-sign with the Mets in the offseason, and instead signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Early returns seem to indicate that the Cubs might have won the trade seeing they now have a budding outfielder on the farm. After a torn labrum in his non-throwing arm sidelined the 6-foot-0 lefty in 2021 after just six games in Low-A, 2022 has proven to be a year of development for the center fielder.Beginning the 2022 minor league season Cleveland Indians Hats with Low-A Myrtle Beach, a .300 batting average and 1.000 OPS in just 38 games sent him on his way to High-A South Bend. In 185 at-bats, Crow Jason Kipnis Jersey -Armstrong has collected 48 hits, eight home runs, 22 RBI and 14 stolen bases with the High-A affiliate, putting both his power and speed on display. While Chicago likely wont see the standout in the majors until 2024, Crow-Armstrong provides a power bat and arm waiting in the wings. Perhaps most importantly, though, he provides a promising future for the Cubs and their loyal fans.More From SI's :
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After finishing the 2021 campaign with a 74-88 record, the Kansas City Royals didn't make a ton of changes over the course of the offseason. With that said, there are many reasons to expect a better team to be fielded in 2022.Not only is Zack Greinke headlining a starting rotation filled with hungry youth looking to make their long-term presences felt as key cogs in the Royals' machine, but top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. is also set to spend his entire rookie campaign with the club. Add in a bullpen that projects to be decent and the potential Jim Thome Jersey arrivals of other highly-touted prospects, and it's easy to see why people are in such high anticipation of this season. The staff recently got together to predict KC's 2022 record, and the results are below. There's more uncertainty than certainty for the Royals heading into the year, and that isn't always a bad thing. In this case, between a young starting pitching group and multiple players filtering in at various positions throughout the year in the field, this Royals squad isn't a playoff contender. With that said, it's absolutely better than 2021's team and that should reflect in its end-of-season record. Expect a lot of downs, but quite a few ups this season and a Royals product that is watchable for the most part. That's progre s, even if it doesn't end in a playoff berth. I'll split the difference and predict a .500 record. Let's start off with some positivity. The Royals are in this weird spot where you look up and down the lineup and you don't exactly hate what you see. Salvador Perez is a perennial All-Star, Bobby Witt Jr. is a potential future MVP and Nicky Lopez, Whit Merrifield, Andrew Benintendi, if enough things break right, could be in the All-Star conversation.The pitching, while young and full of promise, is inexperienced and the starters are underwhelming, to say the least. In my opinion, they will ultimately hold the team back from its potential for now.Bobby. Witt. Jr. The influx of youth with a batting order that some exciting pieces makes this season one to watch. With Whit Merrifield still effective at the top of the order (although the past 3 years have been a slow decline) and the emergence of Nicky Lopez at the bottom, this team has as few black holes in the lineup as one can remember since 2015. While I don't expect Salvador Perez to completely replicate last year, it wasn't a total fluke. With hope for Carlos Santana and Hunter Dozier to rebound and a healthy Adalberto Mondesi, there is reason for optimism.What I think holds the Royals back is their youth on the pitching side. Does Carlos Hernandez duplicate last year? Does Brady Singer eventually learn that third pitch? Can Daniel Lynch, Kris Bubic Francisco Lindor Jersey , and Jackson Kowar break out? There are too many unknowns for me to think everything will go right. Zack Greinke is a phenomenal story, but having him as the ace at this point in his Tyler Naquin Jersey career means the rotation isn't great. Brad Keller should be back to his usual solid but unspectacular self, but starting pitching holds this team back from making the playoffs. Theyll compete and have an outside chance until the end, and that is a ma sive step in the right direction. Bobby Witt Jr. is going to be the best rookie in MLB and Salvador Perez should still be hitting tanks at a high level, but this will probably not be enough for the Royals to make a real run at something great. The rotation is a huge question mark, some hitters may not live up to expectations and the guy who this team will probably end up relying on carrying it is a rookie. It will be a fun season to watch, however, and this is a team with some serious talent. It is probably a couple of years away from contention, though.Scroll to ContinueI refuse to be anything but optimistic heading into every season. This doesn't have the looks of a playoff team, but it does have the chance to be a very exciting one.The rotation is really the biggest question mark.The lineup should be succe sful, containing a good mix of proven and consistent players and youth or potential (or both).The bullpen isn't much of a worry to me. There isn't a clear closer, but Mike Matheny hasn't used that approach since taking over in KC. Mix and match the flamethrowers in the arm barn the right way and they could be a succe sful unit, too.The Royals are in an odd spot of not being competitive enough to get to the playoffs, but good enough to go .500. This season is the beginning of a big change in the franchise as the youth movement will start to take Lonnie Chisenhall Jersey over. The Royals' offense looks to be competitive, maybe even above average, while having a stellar defense as usual. The pitching is a huge question mark as the rotation and bullpen are filled with youth who will be inconsistent as they figure out what works for them pitching in the majors.This holds the Royals back at the moment from being a playoff team, but they will still be competitive enough to be a potential wild-card team. The AL Central is also in an odd spot, as the White Sox are the top dog and everyone else has too many question marks as to how they will perform on the field. A few days ago, I may have had a more optimistic outlook on the 2022 Royals but the teams uncertainty with Brady Singer and Daniel Lynch concerns me. Combine the Royals' history (or lack thereof) developing pitchers, and it makes me pause and wonder if this group is bound to fall into the same fate. Zack Greinke is the only certainty in the rotation, and hes 38 years old.The offense should be better with the addition of Bobby Witt Jr. and both Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez on the way, but the Royals will still most likely find themselves near the bottom in on-base-percentage and slugging. Are the defense, bullpen and base-running enough to overcome the question marks in the rotation and lineup? Probably not. There is a world where most of the young pitchers improve, Witt lights the world on fire, others bounce back, Adalberto Mondesi stays healthy and the young position players make key contributions, but Im not counting on it.The Royals beat their 2021 projected win total when they got to 74 wins by the end of last season. This season, they are projected to get 75 wins. I believe in the young pitching talent on the Larry Doby Jersey roster taking a step forward in 2022. With the addition of Bobby Witt Jr., I think his talent will lift up the play of those around him and push guys like Adalberto Mondesi to places no one has quite seen fully to this point in his career. As the season progre ses, we should also see prospects Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez join Witt at the big league level. Im giving the Royals a 10-game jump from last season and think theyll hammer the over on win total for this year. The Royals are turning a new page and starting a new chapter in their franchise. The yo
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