MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES RICK PORCELLO AND THE RED SOX

It’s only the beginning of August, but if the Bombers are outclassed in Boston the next two games the way they were in the first two by Rick Porcello & Co., their division hopes could disappear. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

A harsh reality is beginning to set in for the New York Yankees: This might not be their year to win the American League East.

As they continue to trudge through a second half that so far has been defined by mediocrity — they are 6-8 since the All-Star break — the odds of them winning the division and locking up a postseason spot that won’t require a one-game playoff are looking slimmer and slimmer. Continue reading by Coley Harvey

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When a Washington, D.C., Little League team reached out for help to fund a trip to an upcoming tournament, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was ready with a response — and a check.

Jones agreed Friday to contribute $8,500 toward bus transportation for the Mamie Johnson Little League team, which will represent the nation’s capital in the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament starting Sunday in Bristol, Connecticut.

“It’s a blessing for the kids and the families,” Keith Barnes, the league president, told ESPN. “For them to experience this opportunity and for him to help us, it just means the world to these kids. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them, so it’s a great gesture. And we really appreciate it.” Continue reading by Jerry Crasnick

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The towering home run Astros starter Justin Verlander allowed to Joc Pederson to begin Friday’s game against the Dodgers certainly gave no indication of the complete domination that was to follow.

Facing a Dodgers team that scored 21 runs a night earlier, Verlander struck out 14 batters — tying a career high — and allowed four hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings to pick up career win No. 199 in the Astros’ 2-1 victory in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Continue reading by Brian McTaggart

 

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Career blast No. 200 wasn’t particularly majestic, but it did touch off a five-run, first-inning outburst by the Diamondbacks, who rode the early lead to a relatively uneventful victory.

Goldschmidt drove a 1-0 fastball from Giants right-hander Chris Stratton to right field, where Andrew McCutchen drifted back and back and back before running out of room, the ball landing just a couple feet beyond the fence.

The Diamondbacks wound up sending 11 batters to the plate in the inning, collecting five singles – four of which weren’t hit particularly hard – and drawing a pair of walks, including one with the bases loaded.

 

They added another run in the second on an opposite-field, solo homer by David Peralta, and did not score again the rest of the game. Peralta reached base four times, and after missing the first two games of this homestand with a shoulder issue, he has gone 7 for 9 with two doubles, a homer and a walk in the first two games of this series. Peralta was disappointed he fell a triple shy of the cycle on Friday.

“It happens,” he said. “It was still a good day.”

Lefty Patrick Corbin got through six innings, allowing three runs, and the club’s back-end relievers – Yoshihisa Hirano, Archie Bradley and Brad Boxberger – each tossed a scoreless inning. Boxberger’s was momentarily tense; with two out, he gave up consecutive singles to bring the tying run to the plate but finished it out by getting Gorkys Hernandez to bounce to third.

Goldschmidt’s shot came a day after the seven-year anniversary of his first career homer, which also came against the Giants, a club he’s routinely punished throughout his career. He trails only Luis Gonzalez (224) on the franchise’s home run leader board.

Most would view 200 as a nice, round number. Goldschmidt was visibly bothered by the questions.

“I could care less,” He said. “Or couldn’t care less, however the statement goes. I’m just trying to go out there and trying to help us win.” By , Arizona Republic

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Archie Bradley was recently reunited with his dog, Crash, after he ran away thanks to the assistance of hardcore D-backs fans and social media. Since then, a lot of people have become very familiar with the adorable canine, and Crash got to do something really cool for his best friend on Friday night.

In the top of the eighth inning of the D-backs’ 6-3 win over the Giants, Crash got to watch his owner pitch and even watched him strike out Nick Hundley in the process. The broadcasters were sure this was the first time in Major League history this has ever been done — and that’s kind of sad because this is absolutely wonderful. By   

NEWS & NOTES

The Boston Red Sox Ian Kinsler left Friday’s game with a tight hamstring and will likely be put on the 10-day disabled list. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler left Friday’s game with what has now been diagnosed as a fractured foot and will be on the 10-day disabled list for now. The New York Mets put lefty Steven Matz on the 10-day disabled list with a flexor pronator strain. The Houston Astros placed reliever Chris Devenski on the 10-day disabled list with left hamstring tightness. Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb will undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. Lamb was previously said to be weighing surgery to repair a frayed left rotator cuff.  Facing a roster crunch after Tuesday’s trades, the Diamondbacks optioned veteran Chris Owings to Triple-A Reno, opting to carry an extra arm in the bullpen over a bench player. San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. The procedure will end his 2018 season and cost him the majority of the 2019 campaign as well. Other Giants news Buster Posey left Friday’s game against the DBacks with concussion like symptoms after taking a foul ball off his mask.

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