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Tue Oct 1615:51Red Sox say they are not sure when Sale availableRick PorcelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox were still unsure Tuesday when lefty ace Chris Sale would be available to pitch again.Speaking before Game 3 of the AL Championship Series, Boston manager Alex Cora said Sale was still on his way to the ballpark and would go to the training room when he arrived. The manager also said Sale might throw a bullpen session, possibly during the game against the Houston Astros."I haven't talked to him today, so I don't know how he feels, if he feels weak or whatever. But we'll know," Cora said.Sale, the potential Red Sox starter for Game 5 on Thursday night, was released Monday from Massachusetts General Hospital. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation for what the team has called a stomach illness."First and foremost, we care about his health and how he's doing. Once we found out he was doing OK, we just wait until he gets back and talk to him," said Rick Porcello, the Red Sox starter for Game 4. "None of us really know what happened."The team hasn't specified the ailment or treatment. Cora said Sale started feeling ill and throwing up after starting the series opener Saturday night at Fenway Park, then went to the hospital early Sunday morning. The manager said it was nothing serious.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Oct 1615:31Red Sox say they are not sure when Sale availableChris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say they aren't sure when lefty ace Chris Sale will be available to pitch.Speaking Tuesday before Game 3 of the AL Championship Series, Boston manager Alex Cora says Sale was still on his way to the ballpark and would go to the training room when he arrived. The manager also says Sale might throw a bullpen session, possibly during the game against the Houston Astros.Sale, the potential Red Sox starter for Game 5 on Thursday night, was released Monday from Massachusetts General Hospital. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation for what the team has called a stomach illness.The team hasn't specified the ailment or treatment. Cora says Sale started feeling ill and throwing up after starting the series opener Saturday night at Fenway Park, then went to the hospital early Sunday morning. The manager says it was nothing serious.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Oct 1613:51Altuve is Astros DH vs. Red Sox in ALCS Game 3José Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Rafael Devers3BRed SoxFree Agent
Marwin González1B/2B/LF/SSAstrosFree Agent
Tony Kemp2B/CF/LFAstrosFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Eduardo Núñez2B/3B/OFRed SoxFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Six-time All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve is a designated hitter for the Houston Astros in the playoffs for the first time.Astros manager A.J. Hinch has Altuve as the DH for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against Boston. Altuve bruised his right knee during the playoffs and it is still bothering him. Last year's AL MVP has dealt with right knee soreness since July, when he went on the disabled list for the first time in his career.Altuve was still batting second against the Red Sox and right-hander Nathan Eolvadi on Tuesday night. Marwin Gonzalez, who had played left field the first two ALCS games, moved to second base. Tony Kemp was the left fielder.For the Red Sox, Eduardo Nunez was starting at third base over left-handed hitting Rafael Devers against Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel. Devers was 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in the Red Sox's 7-5 victory in Game 2.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Oct 1611:11Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to 'Play Ball' amid crisisHarold Castro2BTigersFree Agent
Eduardo ParedesSPAngelsFree Agent
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For 10 years, ever since they bonded over baseball at work, Franlet Bencomo and Elbert Albarran haven't missed an opening day game together.This year, however, they left their kids behind and ate a big breakfast before heading out to watch their beloved Caracas Lions because a hot dog inside the stadium costs more than 10 percent of the roughly $30 each makes a month at their minimum-wage jobs."Now we have to eat beforehand, watch the game and go straight home" said Bencomo, in line for tickets six hours before the start of Friday's season opener. "There's no other way."Throughout Venezuela, as winter league play gets under way, fans are having to make similar sacrifices to feed their passion for "pelota," — the word for ball that's used to describe the national pastime.Hyperinflation has pulverized incomes while putting ticket prices out of reach for many. Others are avoiding the ballpark for fear of getting mugged or because they don't know how they'll g... [More]
Tue Oct 1608:31Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to 'Play Ball' amid crisisHarold Castro2BTigersFree Agent
Eduardo ParedesSPAngelsFree Agent
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For 10 years, ever since they bonded over baseball at work, Franlet Bencomo and Elbert Albarran haven't missed an opening day game together.This year, however, they left their kids behind and ate a big breakfast before heading out to watch their beloved Caracas Lions because a hot dog inside the stadium costs more than 10 percent of the roughly $30 each makes a month at their minimum-wage jobs."Now we have to eat beforehand, watch the game and go straight home" said Bencomo, in line for tickets six hours before the start of Friday's season opener. "There's no other way."Throughout Venezuela, as winter league play gets under way, fans are having to make similar sacrifices to feed their passion for "pelota," — the word for ball that's used to describe the national pastime.Hyperinflation has pulverized incomes while putting ticket prices out of reach for many. Others are avoiding the ballpark for fear of getting mugged or because they don't know how they'll g... [More]
Tue Oct 1602:11LEADING OFF: Bregman stirs up ALCS, Grandal sits for DodgersAustin Barnes2B/C/PHDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Jhoulys ChacinSPBrewersFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalC/PHDodgersFree Agent
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:NO BOTHERRed Sox manager Alex Cora is brushing off the notion that Boston might be motivated for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series by a brazen social media post Monday from Astros star Alex Bregman. Houston's third baseman shared a video on Instagram of his club hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs off Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi during a game in June captioned "lil pregame video work." Eovaldi was with Tampa Bay at the time and allowed a career-high four homers in a 5-1 loss. Eovaldi will oppose Dallas Keuchel as the series shifts to Houston.Astros manager AJ Hinch had no issue with the online barb but implored Bregman to "go out and back it up." Eovaldi didn't seem bothered by the video, saying he doesn't have social media, and Cora dismissed the idea that the post will give the Red Sox any added push."If you need motivation in Game 3 of the ALCS, you better check yourself," he said. "Because you win three more games, you go ... [More]
Tue Oct 1601:11Grandal's woes, quiet LA bats doom Dodgers in NLCS Game 3Austin Barnes2B/C/PHDodgersFree Agent
Cody Bellinger1B/CF/LFDodgersFree Agent
Walker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalC/PHDodgersFree Agent
Kiké Hernández2B/CF/LF/PH/SSDodgersFree Agent
Travis Shaw2B/3BBrewersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the Dodger Stadium crowd wasn't booing Yasmani Grandal or chanting his backup's name, the fans largely sat in a disappointed hush while the Milwaukee Brewers' pitching staff mowed down their team.The Dodgers' miserable Monday night only got more intriguing after the Brewers' 4-0 victory in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, when Enrique Hernandez wondered aloud why his team and its fans didn't come to play."We had no energy," the Los Angeles second baseman said. "The stadium had no energy. The fans had no energy. Overall, it was a pretty bad game for everybody who calls themselves Dodgers."The Dodgers fell behind after three batters and never caught up during their first home game of the NLCS. Los Angeles went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, struck out 14 times and managed just five hits.This comprehensively frustrating evening required an outlet, and Grandal is wearing a target during his miserable postseason. Dodger Stadium, normally a cauldron... [More]
Tue Oct 1600:11Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to 'Play Ball' amid crisisHarold Castro2BTigersFree Agent
Eduardo ParedesSPAngelsFree Agent
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For 10 years, ever since they bonded over baseball at work, Franlet Bencomo and Elbert Albarran haven't missed an opening day game together.This year, however, they left their kids behind and ate a big breakfast before heading out to watch their beloved Caracas Lions because a hot dog inside the stadium costs more than 10 percent of the roughly $30 each makes a month at their minimum-wage jobs."Now we have to eat beforehand, watch the game and go straight home" said Bencomo, in line for tickets six hours before the start of Friday's season opener. "There's no other way."Throughout Venezuela, as winter league play gets under way, fans are having to make similar sacrifices to feed their passion for the "pelota," or the ball, as the national pastime is affectionately known.Hyperinflation has pulverized incomes while putting ticket prices out of reach for many. Others are avoiding the ballpark for fear of getting mugged or because they don't know how they'll get... [More]
Mon Oct 1523:51LEADING OFF: Bregman stirs up ALCS, Grandal sits for DodgersAustin Barnes2B/C/PHDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Jhoulys ChacinSPBrewersFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalC/PHDodgersFree Agent
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:NO BOTHERRed Sox manager Alex Cora is brushing off the notion that Boston might be motivated for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series by a brazen social media post Monday from Astros star Alex Bregman. Houston's third baseman shared a video on Instagram of his club hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs off Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi during a game in June captioned "lil pregame video work." Eovaldi was with Tampa Bay at the time and allowed a career-high four homers in a 5-1 loss. Eovaldi will oppose Dallas Keuchel as the series shifts to Houston.Astros manager AJ Hinch had no issue with the online barb but implored Bregman to "go out and back it up." Eovaldi didn't seem bothered by the video, saying he doesn't have social media, and Cora dismissed the idea that the post will give the Red Sox any added push."If you need motivation in Game 3 of the ALCS, you better check yourself," he said. "Because you win three more games, you g... [More]
Mon Oct 1523:41Grandal's woes, quiet LA bats doom Dodgers in NLCS Game 3Orlando ArciaSSBrewersFree Agent
Austin Barnes2B/C/PHDodgersFree Agent
Cody Bellinger1B/CF/LFDodgersFree Agent
Walker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Jhoulys ChacinSPBrewersFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BDodgersFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalC/PHDodgersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFDodgersFree Agent
Travis Shaw2B/3BBrewersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Of all the chants that could have emanated from the Dodger Stadium stands during the eighth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS, "We want Austin!" was not exactly the most likely.But after Los Angeles catcher Yasmani Grandal committed his third passed ball of the series Monday night, the voices of exasperated fans pleading for his unsung backup, Austin Barnes, improbably echoed through Chavez Ravine.And when Grandal struck out on three pitches with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, he only heard boos.The fans' vocal disappointment was mostly a measure of their dissatisfaction with Grandal, who is having a miserable postseason in every aspect. The veteran catcher dropped to 3 for 22 in the playoffs with 10 strikeouts despite a popup that turned into a ground-rule double in Game 3.But the unlikely chant for his backup also reflected the big-budget Dodgers' desperate frustration with their own inability to seize the impor... [More]
Mon Oct 1521:41Bregman trolls Eovaldi, Hinch says "back it up" in ALCSJosé Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
Marwin González1B/2B/LF/SSAstrosFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
George SpringerCF/RFAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros are brimming with confidence, even after a Game 2 AL Championship Series defeat to the Boston Red Sox.For proof, just see Bregman's social media feed.Hours after Boston beat Houston 7-5 to even the best-of-seven series at a game each, Bregman shared video Monday on Instagram of the Astros hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs against Game 3 Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi from a game in June."Lil pregame video work," he wrote.Eovaldi will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Houston on Tuesday after Rick Porcello was used in relief during Game 2, when the Astros took their first loss of the postseason. Eovaldi's previous start against the Astros didn't go well. The right-hander allowed seven hits and four runs in a 5-1 loss June 20 while with Tampa Bay, including a season-high four homers.Three of those were hit in succession by George Springer, Bregman and Jose Altuve in the sixth inning.The Astros didn't work out Monday, so the brazen 24-year-... [More]
Mon Oct 1521:01Red Sox ace Sale out of hospital, will rejoin team at Game 3Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale will be back with his teammates for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series after an overnight stay in a hospital because of a stomach illness.Boston said it planned to wait until he rejoins the team in Houston on Tuesday before deciding when the lanky lefty will get back on the mound."Everything's fine," manager Alex Cora said before the Red Sox held a brief workout on Monday night. "So we'll see how he feels physically, and then after that we'll decide what we're going to do."Sale was released Monday from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had gone because of a stomach illness after he pitched in the series opener at Fenway Park. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation and did not travel with the team to Houston.Cora said Sale will be in Houston before Game 3 of the best-of-seven series."It's great. I think we're all more concerned for his personal well-being and not necessarily the team," right fielder Mookie Betts said. "So... [More]
Mon Oct 1519:40Red Sox ace Sale out of hospital, will rejoin team at Game 3Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale was released from the hospital Monday and will rejoin the team in Houston before Game 3 of the AL Championship Series.Sale was released from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had gone because of a stomach illness after he pitched in the series opener. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation.Manager Alex Cora said "everything is fine" and Sale would be back with the team before Game 3 on Tuesday.When asked about Sale's status for the rest of the ALCS, Cora said he wanted to see the pitcher first before making that determination."Everything I heard, he should be fine," Cora said. "We'll see how he feels physically, then after that we'll decide what we're going to do."The 29-year-old Sale struggled with his control in Boston's 7-2 home loss to the Astros in the series opener Saturday night. The left-hander allowed two runs, walked four walks and hit a batter in four innings.Cora said Sale started feeling ill and throwing up right after the game, and went to the hospital early Sunday morning.The illness was announced by the team during Game 2 on Sunday night, which the Red Sox won to even the series.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 1518:20Red Sox ace Sale out of hospital, cleared to rejoin teamChris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been released from the hospital and cleared to rejoin the team in Houston before Game 3 of the AL Championship Series.The Red Sox said Sale was released from Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday. He had spent the night in the hospital for observation because of a stomach illness.Game 3 of the series is Tuesday.The 29-year-old Sale struggled with his control in Boston's 7-2 home loss to the Astros in the series opener Saturday night. The left-hander allowed two runs, walked four walks and hit a batter in four innings.His illness was announced by the team during Game 2 on Sunday night, which the Red Sox won to even the series.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 1518:01Gusty winds sweep Dodger Stadium for Game 3 of NLCSAustin Barnes2B/C/PHDodgersFree Agent
Chris Taylor2B/CF/LF/SSDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Strong wind gusts are raking Dodger Stadium ahead of Game 3 in the National League Championship Series.The first fall Santa Ana winds arrived on Monday. The warm, sustained gusts blow from the desert to the ocean, but rarely affect the stadium on the northern edge of downtown Los Angeles.During batting practice, the flags in center field blew in with the temperature around 80 degrees (26 Celsius).Palm trees in the outfield waved in the wind.Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes describes it as one of the windier days he's experienced at the stadium. Teammate Chris Taylor says the wind is knocking balls to the right a bit, but he expects the wind to die down by game time.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says he isn't sure how the wind would affect the flight of the ball during the game, but he expects the ball "to be flying a little bit."The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for most of the mountains around the Los Angeles basin. The downtown area is under a lower-level "wind advisory" that is set to expire before the game begins at 7:39 p.m. EDT.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 1517:41Dodgers' Joc Pederson becomes a dad in midst of NLCSJoc PedersonCF/LF/PHDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has a roster addition to his family following the birth of his first child.Pederson and wife Kelsey welcomed a girl named Poppy on Sunday night. The team says she weighs 7 pounds and 11 ounces.The 26-year-old slugger changed his walkup music ahead of Game 3 of the NL Championship Series on Monday night to "Big Poppa" by The Notorious B.I.G. in honor of his daughter. Pederson was batting leadoff for the Dodgers against the Brewers.Pederson posted a photo of his baby yawning and wearing a tag reading "Hello my name is Poppy" on his Instagram account.The couple wed in January.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 1517:00Pederson replaces Taylor leading off for Dodgers in NLCSJesus Aguilar1B/PHBrewersFree Agent
Austin Barnes2B/C/PHDodgersFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalC/PHDodgersFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BBrewersFree Agent
Joc PedersonCF/LF/PHDodgersFree Agent
Travis Shaw2B/3BBrewersFree Agent
Chris Taylor2B/CF/LF/SSDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Outfielder Joc Pederson is leading off for the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. He replaces Chris Taylor, who is out of the lineup.Yasmani Grandal is back in the lineup and hitting seventh for Los Angeles against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.Grandal made two errors and had two passed balls in a Game 1 loss. Austin Barnes replaced Grandal behind the plate for Game 2 in Milwaukee.Brewers manager Craig Counsell made a few tweaks, moving second baseman Travis Shaw into the cleanup spot and dropping first baseman Jesus Aguilar one spot down to fifth. Third baseman Mike Moustakas is back to hitting sixth after being in the fifth spot for Game 2.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Oct 1513:50Snitker gets 2-year extension; managed Braves to playoffsRonald AcunaCF/LFBravesFree Agent
Tyler FlowersCBravesFree Agent
Michael FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Snitker has a two-year contract for only the second time in his 43 years with the Braves.It's little wonder that Snitker, who turns 63 on Wednesday, said Monday he never assumed he'd be asked to return as manager even after leading Atlanta to a surprise NL East division title and its first playoff berth since 2013."I've been around long enough to know you're never guaranteed tomorrow in this business," Snitker said after his two-year deal was announced by general manager Alex Anthopoulos. The deal includes a club option for 2021.Snitker began his long run with the Braves as a minor league player in 1977 and spent 20 years as a minor league manager in addition to stints as Atlanta's bullpen coach and third base coach. He said his only previous two-year contract came when Bobby Cox became general manager in 1985.Now, as a leading candidate to be NL manager of the year, he again has more than a one-year contract."It does give you a sense of accomplishment, I guess,"... [More]
Mon Oct 1511:20Snitker gets 2-year extension; managed Braves to playoffsRonald AcunaCF/LFBravesFree Agent
Michael FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves manager Brian Snitker agreed to a two-year contract extension after guiding Atlanta to the NL East title and its first playoff berth since 2013. The deal announced Monday includes a club option for 2021.The extension is sure to be met with approval in a young clubhouse. The players constantly praised Snitker and how he always had their back."He did a remarkable job," star first baseman Freddie Freeman said. "It's really hard to handle 25 to 35 personalities, and he's one of the best at it."Snitker was appointed interim managed in May 2016 after the firing of Freddie Gonzalez. He will be heading into his third full season as the club's manager and 43rd as a member of the organization.After a third straight 90-loss season in 2017, the Braves improved to 90-72 with some of baseball's best young talent, including Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Mike Foltynewicz. They lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series.A day after the season ended, Snitker s... [More]
Mon Oct 1510:50Snitker gets 2-year extension; managed Braves to playoffsRonald AcunaCF/LFBravesFree Agent
Michael FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a two-year contract extension with manager Brian Snitker, who guided the team to its first playoff berth since 2013.The deal includes a club option for 2021.Snitker was appointed interim managed in May 2016 after the firing of Freddie Gonzalez. He will be heading into his third full season as the club's manager and 43rd as a member of the organization.After a third straight 90-loss season in 2017, the Braves improved to 90-72 this year and won the NL East with some of baseball's best young talent, including Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Mike Foltynewicz. They lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series.A day after the season ended, Snitker said he felt good about the team's future and looked forward to returning as manager. He turns 63 on Wednesday.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
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