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« on: January 30, 2019, 04:33:05 AM »

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:OPENER FOR THE OPENERThe Brewers will begin their NL Division Series against the Rockies with a bullpen game at Miller Park. Manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday he had not decided on the order of his relievers. The group will almost certainly include All-Star left-hander Josh Hader Hector Rondon Jersey , though Colorado will have a tough test start to finish — Milwaukee led the majors with a 1.98 bullpen ERA in September.Colorado counters with Antonio Senzatela, a right-hander who is 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 23 games, including 13 starts. It will be the postseason debut for the 23-year-old.THE ACE AWAITSThe Braves and Dodgers open their NLDS in Los Angeles, and Atlanta has a chance to jump ahead before facing Clayton Kershaw in Game 2. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided to hold back his ace left-hander and will instead start Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 1. The left-handed Ryu was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts this season.Mike Foltynewicz is up for the Braves. The hard-throwing right-hander put it all together this season, posting career bests with a 2.85 ERA over 183 innings. Atlanta might be without shortstop Dansby Swanson, who appears a long shot to make the team’s roster after partially tearing a ligament in his left hand last month.RIVALRY RENEWEDThe Yankees are headed up to Fenway Park ahead of their AL Division Series opener against the Red Sox on Friday night. It’s the first time New York and Boston will clash in the postseason since the 2004 AL Championship Series. The Yankees beat the Athletics 7-2 Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game to set up the AL East showdown.Boston manager Alex Cora said Wednesday he was still deciding on his bullpen alignment for the ALDS. He has two spots available to righties Joe Kelly, Heath Hembree, Brandon Workman and lefty Bobby Poyner. Relief was the biggest weakness for the team while it won a franchise-record 108 games. The Red Sox had an AL-worst 4.84 ERA in September.TAKE YOUR PICKRajai Davis has his name cemented in October baseball lore Anthony Gose Jersey , but it might not be on Cleveland’s playoff roster this year. Indians manager Terry Francona has one spot left on his 25-man roster for the AL Division Series against the Houston Astros and it will go to either Davis or utility infielder Erik Gonzalez.“We’re debating the last spot,” Francona said Wednesday. “We’re going back and forth.”The Indians will open the ALDS in Houston on Friday and Francona must submit his roster to Major League Baseball by 10 a.m. that morning for the best-of-five series.SUSPENDEDAddison Russell’s future with the Cubs is in question after Major League Baseball suspended the Chicago shortstop 40 games for violating the league’s domestic violence policy after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife. Russell’s unpaid suspension includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 21.Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he’s not sure what the odds are of Russell playing another game for the Cubs.“Domestic violence is everyone’s problem,” he said. “Because of that, we all have an obligation to be part of the solution as well. The discipline in a case like this is part of the solution going forward and so we support Major League Baseball’s decision and we think it’s appropriate. But prevention is also a big part of the solution and maybe a more important solution.”PASSING THE BUCKThe Orioles are beginning a search for a new manager and general manager a day after firing Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette. Baltimore staggered through its worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954, losing a franchise-record 115 games. The club wants fresh faces to take over a potentially long rebuilding project. Director of Player Development Brian Graham will handle day-to-day oversight of baseball operations while the Orioles search for Duquette’s successor. MILWAUKEE — Major League Baseball knew what it was doing when it scheduled six games between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs during the final month of the regular season.The teams will meet for the first of those games on Monday afternoon at Miller Park, where the Brewers will try to close a five-game gap on the National League Central leaders while also trying to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals in a tight NL wild-card race.Both sides come into this critical three-game series on high notes: The Brewers have won four straight series since splitting two games at Wrigley Field last month and the Cubs have won 12 of their last 17.Article continues below ...Zach Davies gets the ball for Milwaukee in the series opener. It will be Davies’ first start since May 29, when a shoulder injury landed him on this disabled list for the second time this season.His rehab process was stunted along the way by back issues, but after throwing a complete-game shutout last week for Class A Wisconsin http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-jimmy-wynn-jersey , the Brewers brought the right-hander back to face a team he has held to three runs in 11 2/3 innings this season.Davies was looking to build on a strong finish to the 2017 season but has been limited to eight starts in 2018, going 2-5 with a 4.23 ERA. “I’m actually glad we’re putting him in that spot,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Sunday. “It’s added motivation for him. He’s very familiar with this setting and this team. There are no surprises here.”Davies has a track record of success against the Cubs, posting a 3.64 ERA in 12 career starts.”“I think with a good series here, it could change the make-up of this division a little bit,” Davies said. “I don’t think any game is bigger than just the next day’s game, but it definitely could change some things.”Monday will mark the Brewers’ first look at Cole Hamels since he joined the Cubs in a deal with Texas ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.The change of scenery salvaged the veteran left-hander’s season. He was 5-9 with a 4.72 in 20 starts for Texas this year, but since the trade he is 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA Francisco Liriano Jersey , allowing just three earned runs in 39 innings spanning four starts.“I love the fact that he was able to complete that game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That absolutely benefits him down the road.”Maddon is known to have a quick hook, so when the Cincinnati Reds loaded the bases in the ninth inning in an Aug. 23 game, the fact that he left Hamels in the game is a good indication of how well he still was pitching. There was no drop in velocity, which is usually a precursor to getting pulled.Maddon’s faith in Hamels was rewarded when Tucker Barnhart bounced into a game-ending double play.The win improved Hamels’ record to 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA for the Cubs after compiling a 4.72 ERA with the Rangers before the July 27 trade.“To be a major league pitcher, you’re going to have some tough times,” Hamels told ESPN.com earlier this month. “You can’t give in. You have to fight. That’s what it’s all about. They’re not going to give in. Neither should you.”He’ll be pitching on an extra day of rest after Maddon gave Alec Mills a spot start to allow his rotation to have an extra day of rest during a stretch of 20 games without days off. That meant Hamels would miss a chance to face his former team, the Philadelphia Phillies http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-charlie-morton-jersey , and current ace Aaron Nola.“For me, ultimately, I just want to go out and pitch and win,” Hamels said. “However, they’re going to slot me is not my decision. For us right now, we have a lot of games with no days off, and all of us are pitching really well. So it’s not fair to any individual to kind of move me around for this sort of situation.”Hamels has had his fair share of success against Milwaukee. In 14 career starts — most of them while pitching for the Phillies — Hamels is 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA.

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