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LONG WAIT OVERRight-hander Adrian Sampson (3rd Nov 18 at 9:31am UTC)
The Boston Red Sox won their 90th game of this special season on Thursday at Fenway Park.They got to 90 before any other team in the major leagues reached 80.But this weekend http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-braun-jersey , Boston, winners of the final two games of a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians to pick up a split, run into a young Tampa Bay club on a roll.Article continues below ...It started last Sunday, when Diego Castillo was the “opener” and former Red Sox prospect Jalen Beeks won in relief as the Rays handed Hector Velazquez his first loss of the season.On Friday night, Castillo again opens for Tampa Bay, winners of five straight games to get to a season-high six games above .500, at The Trop and Beeks is expected to pitch much of the body of the game.Oh, and Velazquez starts for the Red Sox (90-39).The Rays flew home from Boston and swept four straight from the lowly Kansas City Royals, finishing a 7-0 sweep of the season series on a walk-off throwing error Thursday night.It’s the first sweep of a season series against an American League opponent in the history of the franchise.“Four-game sweep, it’s awesome — we’ve having a lot of fun right now, so hopefully just keep it rolling,” said Kevin Kiermaier, whose grounder led to the Ryan O’Hearn throwing error that gave the Rays their eighth walkoff win of the season.Earlier in the day, David Price, 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA since the All-Star break, threw eight shutout innings and the Red Sox broke a scoreless tie with a six-run fifth inning to rout the Indians in the finale of the potential postseason matchup.Asked if this is his best stretch with the Red Sox since signing a $217 million contract, Price, who won his 14th game, said Travis Shaw Jersey , “By far. Absolutely. To not have that really bad game mixed in at some point, that’s good. This is the pitcher Boston signed. So for me to get back to that, it’s about time.”The Red Sox lost Mitch Moreland in the first inning to a left knee bruise suffered when trying to catch a foul pop and sliding into a concrete barrier. He stayed in the game but was limping when he singled in the bottom of the first and left — in favor of Blake Swihart. The latter contributed a two-run double in the big fifth.“Little sore,” Moreland said after the game. “Went after the ball in the first there, concrete ledge on the field that I kind of went into. I hit the outside of it pretty good. But it’s getting better. A little sore right now though.”The Red Sox are 11-5 against the Rays this season. Velazquez is 1-1 and Friday’s appearance will give him half his starts against Tampa Bay. He is 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings pitched against the Rays.Boston’s lead over the New York Yankees atop the American League East, which had dropped from 10 1/2 to eight games, is back up to 9 1/2.Castillo went 1 2/3 innings as the “opener” last Sunday before Beeks, acquired from Boston in the Nathan Eovaldi deal, threw four shutout innings, allowing just one hit, to beat his old team.Now, he’ll apparently get the chance to help his new team win its sixth straight.Sergio Romo picked up the win in relief Thursday night, as the Rays improved to 37-24 at The Trop.Matt Duffy is 5-for-7 (.714) against Velazquez, and Joey Wendle homered off the right-hander leading off the second inning last Sunday.Eovaldi pitches against his former team Sunday, when he will face 15-game winner Blake Snell. SEATTLE (AP) — Interim manager Don Wakamatsu is getting a long September look at some of the future pitching pieces of the Texas Rangers.Rookie right-hander Ariel Jurado is stating his case to be included in the Rangers’ 2019 rotation. And hard-throwing Jose Leclerc just keeps putting up zeroes at the back end of the bullpen.Jurado gave up two hits in six innings, first baseman Ronald Guzman broke a tie with an RBI single in the seventh and the Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.Guzman hammered reliever Zach Duke’s sinking fastball into the right-center gap, scoring Ryan Rua, who reached base on a one-out double.Guzman scored after right-hander Shawn Armstrong plunked Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the helmet with the bases loaded later in the inning.Jurado (5-5) beat the Mariners for the second time in six days. This time, he induced nine ground-ball outs and struck out three.“That sinker Paul Molitor Jersey , and his ability to get guys to swing early in the count, is critical,” Wakamatsu said. “I thought he pitched a heck of a ballgame.”The only hits Jurado gave up Thursday were Daniel Vogelbach’s opposite-field single to left field in the second inning, and Ben Gamel’s single to right field in the sixth. At one point, he retired 10 batters in a row.“We didn’t do much at all,” said Mariners manager Scott Servais, whose club was shut out for the seventh time this season. “We hit a lot of balls on the ground tonight. We really just didn’t get into a lot of at-bats, and didn’t square him up.”Leclerc extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings. He gave up a leadoff single to Mitch Haniger in the ninth inning, but retired Jean Segura, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz in order to nab his 12th save.Leclerc has not been scored on in his past 21 appearances, dating to July 28. His 21-inning scoreless streak is the second-longest in the majors behind Minnesota’s Taylor Rogers (23 ? innings).“For me, this has been unbelievable,” said Leclerc, who took over the ninth-inning role after Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh at the end of July. “I just try to work hard to command the fastball. That was a big problem last year.”Duke (5-5) gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning after Seattle starter Marco Gonzales held the Rangers scoreless for five innings, giving up two hits and striking out six.Texas has won five of its past six games against the Mariners.HANIGER JOINS AL ELITEIn his second full season with the Mariners, Haniger ranks eighth among AL position players with a Wins Above Replacement (WAR) of 6.0.It is the highest of any Seattle outfielder since 2009 when Franklin Gutierrez finished with a 6.6. The other two Seattle outfielders with a 6.0 WAR or better were Ken Griffey Jr. (six times) and Ichiro Suzuki (two).“I’m not surprised really by anything he’s done because the work ethic, the discipline and structure he has,” Servais said. “He’s as good as anyone.”LONG WAIT OVERRight-hander Adrian Sampson figured his first Safeco Field start would be with the hometown Mariners, the team that traded for him in 2015.But after a season-ending elbow injury on the road with the Mariners in 2016 http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-robin-yount-jersey , he was released. And now with Texas, he has worked his way back to the big leagues, first as a reliever and now a late-season starter. His final appearance is Saturday.“It is a good story,” said Sampson, who is from nearby Redmond, Washington. “I have come a long ways, and to have this be the last start after the ups and downs earlier this year . to finish here is big for me.”ROSTER RESHUFFLINGMariners: Servais confirmed LHP James Paxton will make his final start Saturday, but declined to name a starter for the season finale Sunday.TRAINER’S ROOMRangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (hip) was held out Thursday, but Wakamatsu expects the four-time All Star to serve as the designated hitter for the next two games before deciding if he plays in the field in the season finale Sunday. “We will honor whatever he wants,” Wakamatsu said.Mariners: OF Denard Span (leg) and INF/OF Dee Gordon (toe) were held out of the starting lineup Thursday, but Servais thinks they will be available for the final three games. Span did fly out to center field as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.UP NEXTRangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-6, 6.13 ERA) wraps up his worst season as a professional. He seeks his eighth career win against the Mariners, which would tie Oakland for his most against any opponent.Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-5, 3.55 ERA) has one final chance to win a career-best ninth game in a season. He won eight games in 2010 with San Diego. It will also be his 27th start for Seattle, which will be a career high. LeBlanc took the loss Sunday against the Rangers.
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