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June 19th, 2019

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Tiger at Pirates

Christin Stewart‘s sped his thinking up and slowed down his feet, helping the Detroit Tigers end a four-game losing streak in the process.

Stewart was on first with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning of a tie game on Tuesday night when Brandon Dixon hit a sharp grounder to Pittsburgh second baseman Adam Frazier. Rather than keep on sprinting to second, Stewart hesitated as he neared Frazier. Frazier tried futilely to tag Stewart before throwing to first. Nicholas Castellanos scored from third on the play to give Detroit a 5-4 lead it would hold on to — barely — to win for just fourth time this month.

Tomorrows Starters

Tigers: Expect Jordan Zimmerman (0-4, 5.93 ERA) to make his first start since April 25 after recovering from a strained right elbow.

Pirates: Trevor Williams (2-1, 3.33 ERA) returns from a monthlong stay on the injured list with a strained right side when he makes his 10th start of the season on Wednesday. Williams is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts against Detroit.

Mets at Braves

The Atlanta Braves are one of baseball’s best offensive teams. Jacob deGrom made them look helpless. The reigning NL Cy Young winner took a shutout into the ninth inning and got plenty of run support from Pete Alonso and his teammates, leading the New York Mets to a much-needed 10-2 rout of the first-place Braves on Tuesday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Atlanta LHP Max Fried (7-3, 4.11 ERA) will look to snap out of his slump when he faces.

New York LHP Steven Matz (5-4, 3.93). Fried got off to a brilliant start for the Braves this season, but he’s surrendered 17 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings over his last four starts.

White Sox at Cubs

Eloy Jimenez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning in his first game against his first major league organization, helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Tomorrows Starters

White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (10-1, 2.22 ERA) looks to continue his win streak when he faces struggling

Cubs left-hander Jon Lester (5-5, 4.08 ERA) on Wednesday night. Giolito is 8-0 with a sparkling 0.94 ERA in his last eight starts. Lester surrendered a season-high three homers in a 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Marlins at Cardinals

Rookie Jordan Yamamoto dazzled again, matching his first career start by pitching seven scoreless innings against St. Louis, and the Miami Marlins beat the Cardinals 6-0 on Tuesday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Marlins: Trevor Richards (3-7, 3.68 ERA) will make his third career start against St. Louis. In his last start, he snapped a streak of four straight outings in which he allowed no more than one run, giving up five runs in a loss to Pittsburgh.

Cardinals: RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-0, 2.00) will be making his first career start against Miami.

Astros at Reds

Justin Verlander gives up a lot of fly balls. Great American Ball Park yields a lot of home runs. The Cincinnati Reds took advantage of the combination to finally win a series.

Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich homered off Verlander in the first inning Tuesday night, and the Reds held on for a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros that clinched their first series win in nearly a month.

Tomorrows Starters

Astros: Gerrit Cole (6-5) leads the majors with 140 strikeouts. He fanned 10 in his last start, a 15-2 win over Toronto on Friday.

Reds: Tyler Mahle (2-7) is coming off his shortest stint of the season, 4 1/3 innings of a 7-2 loss to Texas on Friday. He complained afterward about getting removed from games too quickly.

Rockies at Diamondbacks

Nolan Arenado homered and drove in three, Antonio Senzatela pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 Tuesday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (6-5, 4.39 earned run average) is set for his second start against Arizona this season Wednesday. He’s 2/3 in eight career starts against the Diamondbacks with both wins at Chase Field.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (8-2, 2.65) goes into Wednesday’s start having not allowed a run over his last 13 1/3 innings.

Giants at Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw combined with two relievers on a four-hit shutout, Enrique Hernandez had a pinch-hit grand slam to highlight a six-run seventh, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the rival San Francisco Giants 9-0 Tuesday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Giants: LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-6, 6.43 ERA) has been better in his last two starts than in his previous 10 when he had an 8.08 ERA.

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (4-1, 2.60) has dominated against the Giants since he came to L.A., going 6-1 with a 1.81 ERA.

Brewers at Padres

Left-hander Logan Allen was brilliant for seven scoreless innings in his major league debut, Francisco Mejia hit a two-run home run and Manny Machado added an RBI double as the San Diego Padres beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 Tuesday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (7-1, 2.60) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday afternoon. He I s 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA in four career starts against the Padres.

Padres: LHP Matt Strahm (2-6, 4.66) looks to snap a streak of three straight losses.

Rays at Yankees

Cameron Maybin homered again with his roster spot in doubt, Edwin Encarnacion went deep for his first hit with the Yankees and New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 Tuesday night to extend its AL East lead to 2 1/2 games.

Tomorrows Starters

A battle of Cy Young Award winning left-handers is set for Wednesday afternoon’s series finale, with Rays ace Blake Snell (4-5, 3.70 ERA) facing off against veteran CC Sabathia (3-4, 4.42 ERA).

Angels at Blue Jays

After seven failed attempts, Tyler Skaggs and the Los Angeles Angels are finally back at .500. Skaggs pitched into the eighth inning, Kole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin hit solo home runs, and the Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 Tuesday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (0-1, 4.57) is winless in four starts since being activated off the injured list. Heaney missed the first 51 games of the season because of a sore elbow.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-8, 5.04) has lost seven straight decisions since beating Oakland on April 27. He’s 1-4 with a 3.42 ERA in five career games against the Angels.

Indians at Rangers

Cleveland rookie Zach Plesac allowed only two hits pitching into the eighth inning and the Indians had four home runs, including three in a row for the first time in nearly 15 years, to overwhelm the Texas Rangers 10-3 on Tuesday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Indians: Right-hander Adam Plutko (3-1, 4.63 ERA) will try to win his third consecutive start. He allowed four earn runs over 12 innings the last two.

Rangers: Joe Palumbo will be recalled from Double-A Frisco for his second career start. The lefty allowed four runs over four innings in a no decision in his big league debut June 8 against Oakland.

Orioles at Athletics

Khris DavisRobbie Grossman and Stephen Piscotty homered in a 10-run sixth inning, and the Oakland Athletics hit six home runs overall in a 16-2 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Ramon LaureanoChad Pinder and Beau Taylor also homered as the A’s set a season-high for home runs. It’s the first time that Oakland has had six home runs in a game since June 17, 2008.

Tomorrows Starters

Oakland RHP Chris Bassitt (3-3, 3.68 ERA) starts the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Bassitt has one win in two starts against Baltimore.

The Orioles plan to use RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (1-1, 5.40) as an opener, with Josh Rogers to follow.

Royals at Mariners

Whit Merrifield had two homers and a career-high six RBI, Homer Bailey pitched into the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 9-0 on Tuesday night.

Tomorrows Starters

Royals: RHP Brad Keller (3-8, 3.97 ERA) tries to stop a run of seven losses in eight appearances since April 22.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (7-6, 4.50 ERA) is looking for his third straight win since stopping a six-game losing streak.

Rain Out

Two consecutive rainouts and one batting practice injury for Max Scherzer have thrown the Washington Nationals‘ pitching plans into question.

The Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies were rained out Tuesday after a nearly two-hour delay, the teams’ second consecutive postponement. The game will be made up on Sept. 24 at 1:05 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader.

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Earlier Monday, the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke.

The Chicago White Sox will extend protective netting to both foul poles this summer, the team announced Tuesday, committing to additional safety measures a week after a woman at Guaranteed Rate Field was struck in the head by a foul ball and hospitalized. By Jeff Passan

Charlie Blackmon has a red hot bat. Blackmon collected three hits in the Rockies’ series opener vs. the D-backs on Tuesday at Chase Field, becoming the first player to record five straight three-hit games in Rockies history. The MLB record for consecutive three-hit games is six, set by the Royals’ George Brett (May 8-13, 1976) and the Brooklyn Robins’ Jimmy Johnston (June 25-30, 1923).

Cole Hamels gets Ivan Nova looking to record the 2,500th strikeout of his Major League career.

Justin Verlander strikes out Nick Senzel swinging in the 1st inning to move into 19th place on the all-time strikeout list

Edwin Encarnacion crushes a solo home run to right-center for his first hit with the Yankees.

While Giancarlo Stanton is ready for what he hopes will be a dramatically healthier remainder of the season, the New York Yankees outfielder acknowledged Tuesday that his recent two-month-plus injured list stint was “very frustrating.” By Coley Harvey

Aaron Judge knocked an opposite-field homer in the sixth inning of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Minor League matchup against Norfolk, marking the first dinger of his rehab assignment.

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer suffered a broken nose when he took a ball off his face during batting practice on Tuesday. Scherzer was injured while attempting a bunt. The team said a CT scan was negative.

New Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel took his first step toward returning to the majors Tuesday, throwing a 1-2-3 seventh inning for Triple-A Iowa.

The Chicago Cubs plan to move slowly with Kyle Hendricks after tests confirmed the right-hander is dealing with a shoulder impingement.

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed first baseman Justin Smoak and right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 10-day injured list, the team announced Tuesday.

Watch Matt Carpenter on Sunday night laying down a bunt to beat the shift that ended up with a standup double.

Pittsburgh Pirate first baseman Josh Bell has become a slugger, on Tuesday night against the Tigers, Bell thumped his 20th home run of the season.

The New York Mets have placed reliever Jeurys Familia on the 10-day injured list with a shoulder injury, the team announced Tuesday. Familia has struggled in 29 appearances this season. He allowed three runs in the seventh inning to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, turning a 5-3 deficit into a blowout.

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will be activated Wednesday and is “ready to go” in his return from a strained left hamstring, manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday.

The American League Central-leading Minnesota Twins placed outfielder Byron Buxton and infielder Ehire Adrianza on the 10-day injured list before Tuesday’s home game against the Boston Red Sox. Buxton has a right wrist contusion, an injury he suffered after getting hit by a pitch last Friday against the Kansas City Royals. He has missed the past three games.

The Blue Jays are rebuilding and out of contention so right-hander Marcus Stroman is a logical trade chip leading up to the July 31 deadline.

The Diamondbacks have signed second-round pick Ryne Nelson to an above-slot deal. Nelson’s pick, No. 56, came with a slot value of $1,276,400, but the Diamondbacks awarded him $1.1MM.

Brett Lawrie has not played in the majors since 2016. Last February, however, he signed a minor league contract with the Brewers in an effort to make a comeback. It seems that comeback has come to an end. At least with Milwaukee, which has released him.

Michael Young was really bummed about being traded to the Texas Rangers in the summer of 2000. Texas became home for the kid from California, and later this summer the Rangers will retire the No. 10 jersey of the former seven-time All-Star infielder, who has played more games and has more hits than any player in franchise history.

 

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