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Coming off the worst start of his major league career

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Coming off the worst start of his major league career

Post by laiyongcai92 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:54 pm

CLEVELAND — Yasmany Tomas Jersey , two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will be on the mound Tuesday night when the Cleveland Indians host the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a three-game series.Kluber (18-7, 2.91 ERA) will make his first start since a 6-5 loss in Tampa Bay on Sept. 9, when Kluber only lasted 1 2/3 innings, throwing 55 pitches. Forty-four of those pitches came in the second inning and resulted in only two outs. It’s the most pitches that Kluber has ever thrown in one inning.In 1 2/3 innings, he gave up four runs and five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.Article continues below ...The Indians skipped Kluber’s next start, but it wasn’t because of that ugly start in Tampa Bay. It was because manager Terry Francona wanted to get Kluber lined up to pitch Game 1 of the American League Division Series, which will likely be Oct. 5 in Houston.In the meantime, Kluber will have three starts remaining in the regular season, the first of those Tuesday night against a White Sox team that Kluber has historically done well against.In his last start against Chicago, a 12-0 win on June 20 http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/a ... ler-jersey , Kluber pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up one hit, with seven strikeouts and one walk.In two starts against the White Sox this year, he is 2-0, having pitched 13 scoreless innings on four hits, with 17 strikeouts and one walk. In 22 career appearances against Chicago, he is 11-4 with a 2.90 ERA.The Indians on Saturday clinched their third consecutive AL Central title, so Francona is able to use the final two weeks of the regular season to give some of his regulars occasional days off while trying to get two key veterans ramped up for the postseason.Reliever Andrew Miller, who has made three separate trips to the disabled list this year, is still trying to get back into peak form.“He’s taking steps in the right direction. He’s got to keep building,” Francona said.The other veteran is third baseman Josh Donaldson Chris Owings Jersey , whom the Indians acquired in a trade with Toronto on Aug. 31. Donaldson missed most of this season with a calf strain. He has played in four games for the Indians since being activated off the disabled list and is hitting .154 (2-for-13) with one home run and one RBI.“He just needs some reps,” Francona said. “Every time he plays it feels like an investment. The more he plays (the better he’ll be). He’s playing the heck out of third base. We’ve just got to get him his at-bats.”Chicago’s starting pitcher on Tuesday will be left-hander Carlos Rodon (6-5, 3.10), who has historically pitched well against Cleveland.Rodon’s last start came against Kansas City on Sept. 12, when he got no decision in a 4-2 White Sox victory. In that game, Rodon pitched six innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with five strikeouts and five walks.Rodon’s last start against Cleveland came Aug. 10. The White Sox won that game 1-0, but Rodon did not get the decision, despite pitching eight scoreless innings on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.In three starts against the Indians this year Archie Bradley Jersey , Rodon is 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA. In 13 career appearances against Cleveland, Rodon is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sunday’s game between the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates was cancelled more than four hours before its scheduled 1:35 p.m. ET start time because of heavy rain that was expected to continue into the evening.The game was rescheduled for Oct. 1, the day after the regular season is scheduled to end. It was not immediately clear if the game will be played if it does not impact the postseason race.The Pirates entered Sunday seven games out of the second NL wild card while the Marlins have already been eliminated.The Pirates wound up sweeping the shortened two-game series and went 5-0 on a homestand that included three games against the Cincinnati Reds. The Marlins have lost three of four games.Pittsburgh will play the rest of the season without right fielder Gregory Polanco, who has a bone bruise in his left knee. Polanco leads team with 21 home runs, 83 RBIs and 61 extra-base hits while batting .254 in 130 games.Polanco was injured Friday night and left the Pirates’ 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins in the sixth inning when he slid awkwardly into second base on a double. He also strained his left shoulder.In his last 17 games, Polanco hit .348.“He had made great strides,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “I really thought the improvement and the maturity — and that’s the word I’ll continue to use — he showed throughout the season, being an anchor in the lineup, continuing to work on his defense, stealing bases even in the month of September. He was intentional with all his work across the board.”Pittsburgh has evened its record at 71-71 with their winning streak.Rebuilding Miami is 56-85 after trading such lineup stalwarts as 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton Curt Schilling Jersey , Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon and Justin Bour. The Marlins need to win six of their last 20 games to avoid what would be the third 100-loss season in the franchise’s 25-year history.One of the Marlins’ building blocks, rookie center fielder Lewis Brinson, is starting to turn his rookie season around since coming off the disabled list Sept. 1. He has gone 11 for 26 (.423) to raise his average to .206 in 91 games.Brinson, who missed nearly two months with right hip inflammation, was one of four prospects acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers for Yelich in January.“I want to just kind of be the player that I know that I’m supposed to be, and that I can be,” Brinson said. “Kind of just trying to finish up strong, have a strong end of the season and help this team win as many games as possible in September.”UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Jeff Brigham (0-1 Luis Gonzalez Jersey , 9.00 ERA) will make his second start Monday night, facing Mets LHP Jason Vargas (5-9, 6.75) in the opener of a four-game series at New York. Brigham gave up three runs in three innings against Toronto in his major league debut Sept. 2.Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (12-9, 3.15) is scheduled to pitch against Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (1-3, 4.00) in the first game of a three-game series at St. Louis on Monday night. Williams is 6-2 with a 0.66 ERA in his last nine starts, allowing just four runs in 54 2/3 innings.