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: 09, 2018 4:11 am    : Mondays series opener
BOSTON Chris Sale comes off the disabled list to start for the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday at Fenway Park.But dont get excited Sale will just be working as what is now called http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-j.-c.-ramirez-jersey , the opener, pitching the first two innings before departing.Two the first time, hopefully three the second time, then keep going, Rays manager Alex Cora said. And then the last one, whenever it is, like a full-go, six or seven innings and 100 pitches.Article continues below ...Nathan Eovaldi, who has been struggling, will get the long work behind Sale, whose bid for a first Cy Young Award appears to be have been erased by the lack of work.Rookie left-hander Ryan Borucki works for the Jays, who come in after a win Sunday in Cleveland and are playing out the string using young players amid talk that manager John Gibbons will not return in 2019.Mookie Betts is 5-for-5 with three triples and a double against Borucki. Eduardo Nunez is 3-for-5 (.600) Darin Erstad Jersey , and J.D. Martinez and Brock Holt both 2-for-6 (.333). One of Martinezs hits was a home run.The current Red Sox roster is a cumulative 17-for-41 (.415) against Borucki.Sale is 12-4 with a 1.97 ERA. He has thrown 28 straight scoreless innings and had 10-plus strikeouts in seven of his last eight starts, averaging 15.88 Ks per nine innings during that span.He hasnt pitched since Aug. 12, when he returned to the DL after making one return start because of left shoulder inflammation.He has thrown five innings since July 27.The injury is not thought to be serious, but combined with Sales history of being ineffective late in seasons including a poor start in last years American League Division Series, it is a concern.The Red Sox, who have won 98 games (49 home, 49 road) salvaged the finale of a three-game series with the Houston Astros, winning Sunday nights game in what could be a postseason preview (a rematch of 2017?). The win lowered Bostons magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one and to win the AL East to 12.That was awesome, said Boston pitcher Rick Porcello, who started and couldnt take advantage of a 5-1 lead to get a no-decision. Good ballclub over there, especially avoiding the sweep, especially the way we did it. Its a good win for us; we needed it.The Red Sox have gone 12-4 against the Blue Jays this season http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-upton-jersey , including 6-1 at Fenway.The last time he faced the Blue Jays was May 11, when Sale struck out 15 in a nine-inning no-decision. He is 5-4 with a 2.83 ERA lifetime against Toronto.Borucki faces the Red Sox for the third time this season and the results have not been good. He has worked eight innings, yielding 17 hits and 11 runs (eight earned).Borucki had quality starts in eight of his 13 times on the mound since his recall in late June.The Jays (65-7Cool have split their last 10 games and gone 10-9 in their last 19.Torontos Randal Grichuk avoided a concussion when he collided with a security guards chair Sunday in Toronto. He is day to day after tests came back negative.They took him in to get X-rays and the concussion thing, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after the game. He was conscious. I dont think he blacked out, to be honest with you. I dont know that, but I saw him in the clubhouse between innings, and he was grinning and laughing a little bit, so thats a good sign.Said Gibbons: Hes a pretty boy, man. You dont want to hurt that face. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With a dominant 15-man bullpen, the Oakland Athletics dont need much from their starters these days.Thats been story of the hottest team in baseball. On Sunday, they overcame a stinker.Stephen Piscotty homered and Oakland rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 Shohei Ohtani Jersey , the Athletics fourth straight win and sixth in seven games.Trevor Cahill gave up three runs, two hits and six walks in 2 2/3 innings in his shortest start of the season.But the As got another stellar performance from their bullpen, as seven relievers combined for 6 1/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.Shawn Kelley (1-0) retired the only four batters he faced in relief of Cahill. He hasnt allowed an earned run in 11 innings since coming over to Oakland in an Aug. 5 trade with the Washington Nationals.Theres plenty of depth to go around, As manager Bob Melvin said. We were getting deeper contributions from the starters there for a while. Right now, maybe not so much, and were having to cover a lot of the game, but my feeling is that theyll respond and theyll start going deeper in games so we can cut down on the amount of (relievers) we use.Matt Olson had two hits including a double for the As, who are 30 games over .500 (87-57) for the first time since closing out 2013 at 96-66. Theyve won nine of their last 10 against the Rangers.Piscottys homer in the seventh inning was his career-high 23rd, surpassing his 2016 total with St. Louis.Oakland trailed 3-0 when Olson doubled off Ariel Jurado (2-5) in a five-run fourth in which the As scored five runs on three hits, three walks, an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball. Ramon Laureano doubled in a run later in the inning.I think its pretty exemplary of how our entire season has been Brandon Phillips Jersey , Piscotty said. Everyone else knows to kick it in gear. Its a special thing, its rare, and when we got it going, its pretty special.Oakland used eight pitchers Saturday and seven Friday.Blake Treinen, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, lowered his ERA to a major league-best 0.87.Texas dropped to a season-high 21 games below .500 (61-82) after its 10th loss in 13 games.Jurado pitched behind Jeffrey Springs, who tossed three shutout innings of one-hit ball in an opening role. Jurado gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning on four hits and two walks.Its different, its a change to baseball, Springs said of the growing trend of using relief pitchers to start games.CAHILLS KSCahills strikeout of Jurickson Profar in the second inning was the 1,000th of his career.ADRIANS ADVANCEAdrian Beltre, who was 1 for 4 with an RBI, needs one home run to tie Stan Musial and Willie Stargell (475) for 30th on the career list and one hit to tie George Brett (3 Luis Valbuena Jersey ,154) for 16th. Beltre ranks 27th on the RBI list with 1,697.Rangers manager Jeff Banister said hell try to get the 39-year-old as many at-bats as he can.I dont want to miss those moments, and I dont want him to miss any of those moments, Banister said.MONTAS ROLERight-hander Frankie Montas is expected to be called up before the As open a six-game trip at Baltimore on Tuesday. Hell be expected to absorb innings in a yet-to-be determined role.It might be a game where we go with an opener, it might be a game where he pitches out of the bullpen, it might be a game where he starts. Were not really sure yet, manager Bob Melvin said. We have a couple of openings on this road trip and were trying to sort through that.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: LHP Brett Anderson (sprained left forearm) checked out OK a day after throwing three simulated innings. Hes expected to move into the rotation soon. I think its going to be sometime on this road trip, but Im not sure which day, Melvin said. OF Nick Martini and RHP Ryan Dull were activated before Sundays game. 2B Jed Lowrie got a rare day off.UP NEXTRangers: LHP Mike Minor (11-7, 4.31 ERA) will pitch Mondays series opener against the Angels in Los Angeles.Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (11-6, 3.36) will pitch Tuesdays series opener in Baltimore.
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