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07-01-2019, 01:31 PM
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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Houston Astros will head into the playoffs coming off the best regular season in franchise history and with an ageless right-hander who’s gunning for his second AL Cy Young Award.Justin Verlander struck out 10 in the opener of a doubleheader http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/...oks-jersey , and the Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Saturday before completing a sweep with a 5-2 victory.The twin wins gave Houston a franchise-record 103 for the season, surpassing the record set by the 1998 club.“We took a moment, because it’s a great accomplishment and we should be proud,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “The most wins in franchise history is a big deal.”Verlander allowed three hits and a walk in six shutout innings in the opener, showing he’s ready for the playoffs.Whether Verlander receives another Cy Young Award to go with the one he earned in 2011 with Detroit, well, that’s not nearly so clear.He finished his 14th big league season with a 16-9 record and a 2.52 ERA. He had an AL-leading, career-high 290 strikeouts (and only 37 walks) in 214 innings, second-most in the league behind Cleveland’s Corey Kluber.“I think he’s the Cy Young,” Hinch said of Verlander. “I believe in the innings Authentic Robert Woods Jersey , that they matter, and where he ranks in all the categories. It’s a tough call. I’m going to be biased toward my guy.”Asked to assess his chances, Verlander said: “I feel like the body of work speaks for itself. It’s going to be an interesting case. In my opinion, innings matter.”Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell is 21-5 with a 1.91 ERA over 179 innings.“I’ve always valued 200 innings, and grinding for it. It’s not easy to get there,” Verlander said. “I’m definitely interested to see how this voting is going to go. I have no idea, honestly.”Verlander launched the dominant outing with seven strikeouts over three perfect innings. He left after throwing 99 pitches.“He’s 35 years old. It’s remarkable to watch him pitch, even though he’s beating you,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He would have kept pitching I’m sure five or six days from now.”Verlander’s next outing will come in the postseason, which begins for Houston on Friday against Cleveland.Orioles starter Dylan Bundy matched zeroes with Verlander until the sixth. Tony Kemp drew a leadoff walk Robert Woods Jersey Elite , George Springer hit his 22nd home run and Carlos Correa sent Bundy’s next offering over the right-field wall.DJ Stewart tied it with a three-run homer off Joe Smith in the seventh, costing Verlander the victory.In the ninth, Springer drew a two-out walk from Sean Gilmartin (1-1) and Correa broke the tie with an RBI double.Will Harris (5-3) worked the eighth and Hector Rondon got three outs for his 15th save.In the nightcap, Myles Straw hit his first big league homer and Brian McCann also went deep against rookie Yefry Ramirez (1-8).Jake Marisnick made it 5-2 with a two-run shot in the eighth.Dallas Keuchel started and went three innings in his final tuneup for the playoffs. Brad Peacock (3-4) worked the fourth and Ryan Pressly pitched the ninth for his second save.Baltimore enters Sunday’s finale as one of only five big league teams since 1900 to lose 115 games.MORTON RETURNSAstros right-hander Charlie Morton (15-3, 3.18 ERA) will start on Sunday in the season finale. How far he goes is up in the air, given that he hasn’t pitched in a week.“I could see it going anywhere from one inning, two innings, maybe even three innings,” Hinch said. “I need to be convinced that he feels like he’s clear from the soreness to where we’re not risking a ton.”Morton left with shoulder discomfort after pitching only one inning against the Angels last Sunday. Then, on Thursday http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/...ods-jersey , his wife gave birth to a girl.UNCERTAIN FUTUREOrioles outfielder Adam Jones is receiving an unofficial, tentative farewell from the fans at Camden Yards this weekend.His contract expires after the season, and he is 33 years old on a team rebuilding with youth. Even if the Orioles ask him back, would he say yes?“I’m not the one making business decisions on their regard,” he said before the game. “All I can do is make a business decision on my behalf.”UP NEXTAstros: With a victory on Sunday, Houston will complete a sensational September with a major league-best 22-5 record.Orioles: Jimmy Yacabonis (0-2, 6.00 ERA) will start the final game. CINCINNATI (AP) — Arizona’s road trip against three last-place teams is off to a tough start.Archie Bradley struggled during Cincinnati’s four-run eighth inning, and the Diamondbacks lost 6-3 to the Reds on Saturday night.Arizona dropped back-to-back games for the first time in more than two weeks. The Diamondbacks also remained in a tie for the NL West lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 3-2 at Colorado.Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run drive for his first homer since being acquired in a trade with Minnesota, and David Peralta also connected.“We are frustrated Authentic Alex Smith Jersey , no doubt” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We feel like we played good enough to win the game. It’s frustrating when you put all your chips in and lose the hand.”Bradley got the last two outs of the seventh and Peralta’s 20th homer gave Arizona a 3-2 lead in the eighth. But Cincinnati responded in the bottom half.Bradley (3-4) hit Eugenio Suarez leading off the inning and walked Curt Casali with two outs. Pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart then lined a 3-2 pitch into the gap in left-center, and Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto followed with RBI singles off T.J. McFarland.“I’ve always had trouble with Archie Bradley, since the lower minors,” Barnhart said. “I faced him at every stop. He’s a good pitcher and I respect the hell out of him. He’s gotten me more times than I’ve gotten him.“I was looking for something out over the plate that I could get to the outfield for Geno to score.”In their last six series against first-place teams, the Reds have won five and split one.Amir Garrett (1-2) got the final out of the eighth for the win. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 23rd save and second in two nights.Arizona starter Robbie Ray allowed two runs and four hits in five innings in his fifth straight no-decision.The Diamondbacks weren’t necessarily looking at this trip through Cincinnati, Texas and San Diego as a chance to get hot, Ray said.“You’ve got to take advantage of every part of the schedule,” he said. “I don’t think this part carries any more weight.”Reds starter Matt Harvey fanned seven in seven innings for his highest strikeout total since he had seven on June 10, 2016, with the Mets. He also hit an RBI single in the fourth.“Harvey got better as the game went on Alex Smith Jersey Elite ,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “He’s done that quite a bit. He gave up some hard-hit balls early and around the fourth or fifth inning he settled in. He got in a little trouble but managed his way out of trouble. His best inning was the seventh.”SLOW STARTThe first pitch was delayed 40 minutes by rain for Great American Ball Park’s 11th delay of the season, totaling 13 hours, 53 minutes. That includes the delay before the April 3 game against the Cubs was postponed.FAST STARTThe first play of the game was Peralta’s fly ball to Dilson Herrera, who was making his first professional start and just his third appearance in left field. He caught the routine fly ball.RAY OF HOPERay’s one-out double in the fifth was his first hit of the season in 27 at bats.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: Hamilton’s eighth-inning hit grazed McFarland, but he stayed in the game.UP NEXTArizona right-hander Zack Godley (12-6) and Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo (6-9) pitch in the series finale.
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