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A look at what’s happening around the ma
13.04.2019, 02:47
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A look at what’s happening around the ma
jors today:BRONX BOMBERSThe New York Yankees take aim at baseball’s single-season home run record Jesus Aguilar Jersey , a day after tying the mark of 264 set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. The Yankees connected four times Friday night in Boston, with Aaron Judge hitting the homer that matched a Mariners club that included Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez.The Yankees are the only franchise with more than 15,000 home runs, nearly 1,400 more than the second-place Giants , according to They can add to their total and set the record at Fenway Park when they face ex-Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi.OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAINDavid Wright will start at third base for the New York Mets against Miami in his farewell game before a sellout crowd at Citi Field. “It’s going to be a sleepless night, I know that,” Wright said Friday. “I’m just trying to enjoy it, but tomorrow is going to be surreal for me.” Longtime teammate and friend Jose Reyes, perhaps also nearing the end of his career, will play shortstop alongside Wright. “I think he’s hitting leadoff and I’m hitting third. It’s like Old-Timers’ day around here Travis Shaw Jersey , so it’ll be nice,” Wright said. “It’s going to bring back obviously a lot of memories.”The Mets captain finally made it back into a major league game Friday night, grounding out in his first plate appearance in nearly 2½ years as New York lost 8-1 to the Marlins. Unable to overcome all the injuries, the 35-year-old Wright said he expects this weekend to mark his final appearance in the big leagues.GETTING CLOSEKris Bryant and the Cubs can clinch their third consecutive NL Central crown — and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs — with a win over St. Louis and a Milwaukee loss to Detroit. Chicago, with a one-game lead in the division, sends left-hander Cole Hamels to the mound at Wrigley Field. Miles Mikolas (17-4, 2.94 ERA) looks to win his fifth straight start for the Cardinals , clinging to fading wild-card hopes following four losses in a row. “Clearly the back is completely against the wall,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.Up in Milwaukee, left-hander Wade Miley (5-2) tries to pitch the Brewers to their sixth consecutive victory. Both the Cubs and Brewers are assured at least a wild card.MOUNTAIN WESTThe Rockies try to move closer to clinching their first NL West championship when they host Washington. Colorado locked up at least a wild card Friday night by beating the Nationals at Coors Field for their eighth straight win. They hold a one-game edge over the Dodgers for the division lead — Los Angeles is two games ahead of St. Louis for the second NL wild card with two to play. David Dahl homered for the fifth game in a row to extend the Rockies’ winning streak. Next, Jon Gray (12-8, 4.91 ERA) starts for Colorado vs. Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.77). The Chicago Cubs were supposed to have a travel day on Thursday. It was going to be a respite before a nine-day road trip against three potential playoff teams. But an early-season rainout has changed that plan and created a one-game stop in Atlanta before the lengthy swing. The Cubs will play the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves on Thursday in a makeup of a game that was rained out on May 17.Chicago will send left-hander Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.62 ERA) to the mound to oppose Atlanta right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (10-8 Robin Yount Jersey , 2.67).Article continues below ...Neither team comes into the game rested. The Cubs had to finish a suspended game on Wednesday before playing their regularly scheduled game against the New York Mets. Chicago won the suspended game in 11 innings and lost the regular game before flying to Atlanta. The Braves only had one game, but a pair of rain delays totaling one hour, 47 minutes didn’t allow the 8-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays to be completed until 12:30 a.m. Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 3 1/2 games in the division.Montgomery will be activated from the disabled list to make his 14th start of the season. He was sidelined on Aug. 14 with left shoulder inflammation and hasn’t pitched since Aug. 11 when he threw one scoreless inning of relief. He threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Monday and declared himself fit for action.“It was a good two weeks for me to give (my arm) a refresher,” Montgomery said. “It’s one of those things where it could’ve gone bad if I didn’t address it. I didn’t want something that could take two weeks to cost me the rest of the season.”Montgomery’s last start came on Aug. 7 at Kansas City, when he pitched six scoreless innings. He has pitched at least five innings in all 13 of his starts.Montgomery has made four career appearances against Atlanta. He is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA, all with the Cubs. He has a 3.27 ERA in his last two starts against the Braves, both in 2017. In his only start at SunTrust Park on July 19 , 2017, Montgomery allowed two hits and one run over six innings and hit a home run. He has made two scoreless relief appearances covering three innings against the Braves this season.Foltynewicz has been excellent during his five starts in August. He is 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA in 32 2/3 innings with 36 strikeouts. He had a three-game winning streak snapped in his last start despite allowing just one run on two hits over six innings with eight strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to Miami on Friday.“I thought he was really good,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “To just give up one run, that’s pretty good.”Foltynewicz has made one start against the Cubs this season, earning no decision when he allowed one unearned run in five innings on May 15. He has never beaten the Cubs in three career starts, going 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA.
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