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Cam Bedrosian Jersey , the Boston Red Sox are placing their bets on a new leadoff man.AL MVP Mookie Betts will hit second next year, a season after he led the big leagues in batting average and slugging percentage from the top spot.Andrew Benintendi will move up a slot and hit first for the majors’ highest-scoring team, manager Alex Cora said Tuesday at the winter meetings.“I think we’re going to maximize Mookie in a different spot. Flip-flop them, Beni leading off and Mookie hitting second. Talked to him, it makes sense,” Cora said.“You guys saw what happened towards the end of the season, he became very passive again,” he said. “And it’s not that I don’t like that, I know what type of hitter he is. But I think doing that, Beni can be aggressive. … He’s a good runner. He gets on base, and I put it this way to Mookie. And I know Beni’s OK with it. But if you play 162 games, you’re going to come up 162 at-bats with nobody on.”Betts topped the majors in batting (.346) and slugging percentage (.640) and was second in on-base average (.438) for the 108-win Red Sox. He also had 84 extra-base hits, including 32 home runs, and stole 30 bases.“Last year , what I wanted from him in the leadoff spot, we accomplished. It’s a different season and we have to make adjustments, and that’s where we’re going to go,” Cora said.Benintendi hit .290 with 16 homers, 87 RBIs and a .366 on-base average.Cora actually is hoping someone else bats leadoff when the Red Sox open next season on March 28 at Seattle — that would be Dustin Pedroia.The longtime Red Sox star was limited to only three games last season because of lingering knee problems. As a tribute, Cora would love to put Pedroia in the top spot, where he’s occasionally hit over the years, on that first day against the Mariners.The 35-year-old Pedroia has been working out, trying to get back on the field.“I’m looking forward for him to lead off that game. That’s the only time. I told the guys, if Pedey is going to play, if he’s ready for opening day, he’ll lead off that day. He deserves that,” Cora said.“He’s a huge part of this organization. What he did last year, think about it Blake Parker Jersey , man, like he didn’t play, but he was there. He was there for them the whole time. And there were a lot of conversations in the cage, in the dugout, in the clubhouse, that he was a part of it,” he said. LAS VEGAS (AP) — An All-Star starter to the relief-reliant Rays, a Tanner-for-Tanner trade and a Scott Boras sighting. Intrigue at the winter meetings, but not much impact.Not yet, anyway.Charlie Morton was the top name to switch teams Wednesday, joining Tampa Bay for a $30 million, two-year deal after going 15-3 with Houston last season. Reliever Jeurys Familia returned to the New York Mets after they traded him away and first baseman Justin Bour headed to the Los Angeles Angels.And in the majors’ first swap of players with the first name of Tanner, the Washington Nationals sent Tanner Roark to Cincinnati for Tanner Rainey in a trade of right-handers.Roark led the National League with 15 losses, but expected he would be part of a prime rotation that recently added All-Star Patrick Corbin to stars Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.“I felt like we would have a pretty good staff over there in D.C. but they thought otherwise and I don’t know what their plans are ,” Roark said on a conference call.Fans all over, meanwhile, waited to hear where the likes of free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado and trade targets Corey Kluber and J.T. Realmuto might go.The New York Yankees worked to re-sign lefty J.A. Happ but, as always, were on the lookout for bigger prizes.“We’re a fully operational Death Star,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.Boras, meanwhile, said there are teams ready to move right now on Harper.“Bryce is open to a lot of different venues, so it’s really about what a lot of owners have said to him about their commitments and what they want to do long term,” the prominent agent said.The 26-year-old Harper, who lives in Las Vegas, had a career-high 100 RBIs while hitting 34 home runs and batting .249 last season for Washington.“So, we’re really at a point where you could be meetings away from a deal,” Boras said. “And then again Michael Saunders Jersey , you could be in the situation where it’s just further meetings and conversation.”Or, as Boras put it: “When the nurse walks in with the thermometer the issue isn’t what (it reads) that day, it’s the health of the patient when they’re ready to leave the hospital.”The session ends Thursday after the Rule 5 draft for players left off 40-man rosters. While some big trades got made at past gatherings — Giancarlo Stanton, Chris Sale — more and more the winter meetings are becoming a place where deals get set up for later.Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski would like to see that changed.As in, maybe a change to encourage clubs to roll the dice.“When I first started out … when the winter meetings ended, there was a trade deadline. You couldn’t make a trade for a couple months. So everything had to be done when you left,” the longtime executive said.“You got to the point where almost everybody wanted to be signed by the holiday, by Christmas holiday. Everybody wanted a job, so people would sign. I don’t really know what’s happened, where it’s changed. It’s just doesn’t seem to be very important for people,” he said, later adding, “they need to change the rules or something.”

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The only truth of the world is that everything you love will change. For better or worse , change is coming, and for baseball, those changes are coming this season, with more tweaks anticipated for the 2020 season as well. The new moves, some minor, some more contentious, are not totally re-writing baseball as we know it (the shift is safe for now, the NL still doesn’t have a DH... yet), but they do demonstrate an ongoing interest in creating a more modern and, shall we say... efficient version of the game we know and love.Much like the removal of needing four pitches for an intentional walk, a lot of these changes are small tweaks that seem to function only to speed up pace of play slightly and to annoy the old guard who like to see baseball played the way it has always been played (hello, bring back my pitches, thank you).Under the new agreement between MLB and the MLBPA David Price Jersey , the changes we can expect to see implemented include the following:2019 SeasonEffective immediately, the August 31st trade deadline (you know, the one that saw Justin Verlander sent to Houston at the literal last minute?) will be no more. Now the only trade deadline is the July 31st deadline, meaning teams really need to know if they’re planning to make a push to contend by the mid-season mark.Mound visits will be reduced to five per game, and might go down to four by 2020.Rather than selecting All-Stars based solely on the fan vote, the highest vote-getters will now participate in a single All-Star election day vote where fans will select based on the three top vote recipients in each category to select a winner. The Home Run Derby during the All-Star week will now have a $1 million prize, likely in the hopes of having more of the big-name stars participate in the event.Commercial breaks will now be only two minutes rather than two minutes and twenty seconds. There seems to be a move towards more in-game split screen ads in order to minimize the time away from showing the game.Position players will not be allowed to pitch unless: 1) the game goes into extra innings, or 2) the team is ahead or behind by at least eight runs. (I might hate this one most of all).2020 SeasonNo more LOOGY — That’s right, the one-batter pitcher is no more. Starting in the 2020 season, all pitchers will be required to face a minimum of three batters. Teams will now have a 26-man roster for the first five months of the season, and a 28-man roster in September.In addition to these changes, there is a promise that the Commissioner’s office will work alongside the MLBPA to study the current free-agent market and how it can be made more active, as well as figuring out how to minimize the rewards for teams who tank intentionally. There will also be a focus on how teams are gaming service time for top prospects. Overall there certainly seems to be a willingness between MLB and the MLBPA to work on the game while also making sure that things become more fair for the players in the union. Whether or not any of the changes do anything to speed up the pace of play or engage new viewers in the sport remains to be seen. BOSTON — Back on June 10 Craig Kimbrel Jersey , after allowing 13 hits and five earned runs in a start against the Texas Rangers, Dallas Keuchel was 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA in his final season before potential free agency.The left-hander is 8-2 with a 2.62 ERA since as he tries to pitch the Houston Astros to a sweep of their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox in Sunday night’s series finale at Fenway Park.Rick Porcello, a 16-game winner who has had his second-half struggles, goes for the Red Sox, who have lost their first home series in the last 11 thanks to losses Friday and Saturday.Article continues below ...The Astros, maintaining their 3 1/2-game lead over the winning Oakland A’s in the American League West, rallied for a 6-3 victory Friday night and got homers from Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado in Saturday’s 5-3 win — their seventh straight and 14th in their last 17 games.Jake Marisnick made an outstanding running catch of an Andrew Benintendi drive with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning. He also had a sacrifice fly.Bregman’s homer was his career-high 30th of the season, something he called “a nice little accomplishment.” He joins Morgan Ensberg as the only Astros third basemen to reach 30 — and his torrid streak has vaulted him into the MVP conversation.Boston’s Mookie Betts ripped his 40th double of the year Saturday, making him the first player in MLB history with four straight seasons of 40 doubles and 20 stolen bases.The Red Sox scored in the ninth inning and had first and third with one out against Roberto Osuna, but J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play to end it.“Any time he comes up, regardless of the score, we feel that he’s gonna barrel something,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora Steven Wright Jersey , the bench coach for last year’s Houston champions, said. “Just a good pitch by Osuna, and he got him to roll over and that was it.“I don’t know what the numbers are with men in scoring position (3-for-13), but it felt like we had traffic in both games and we haven’t been able to cash in. They made some pitches too — you’ve got to give them credit.”Keuchel has won his last two starts to climb above .500, yielding three earned runs in 12 innings.He is 0-1 with a whopping 9.88 ERA in three games (two starts) in the regular season against Boston. But he went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run, in winning Game 2 of last season’s American League Division Series.Porcello is 16-7 with a 4.20 ERA. He has won his last two starts, but gave up five runs in 10 innings in those games and is 2-3 with a 5.73 ERA in his last six outings.He beat the Astros on June 3 in Houston, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs — and is 2-1 lifetime against them.The current Red Sox are hitting a combined .219 lifetime with four home runs against Keuchel. Ian Kinsler is 10-for-33, but Mitch Moreland (likely to sit) is 1-for-13, Steve Pearce 2-for-19 with a home run, Martinez 1-for-9 and Xander Bogaerts 1-for-7 with a homer.The Astros on the roster have hit a combined .268 with four home runs against Porcello. Marwin Gonzalez, who returned as a pinch runner in the ninth inning Saturday , is 3-for-7 and Josh Reddick 3-for-10, and Maldonado is 2-for-9 with a home run.Lance McCullers Jr., out since Aug. 4 with a right forearm strain, threw his second bullpen of the week Saturday — 30 pitches, all fastballs.“Honestly I couldn’t have hoped for a better pen today,” McCullers said. “It’s a good step forward. I still have a couple more boxes to check before we start getting into games, but this was a big step for me.”Cora indicated before the game that Brandon Phillips will get his second start with the Red Sox in Sunday night’s game. He hit a two-run, ninth-inning homer to win Wednesday’s game in Atlanta.

Mockup Provider » We’ve finally reached the final player review from last season , which means the Dodgers can finally make their move this offseason, right?It was another year of battling injuries for the Dodgers..."We’ve finally reached the final player review from last season, which means the Dodgers can finally make their move this offseason, right?It was another year of battling injuries for the Dodgers longtime ace. But when he was on the mound, Clayton Kershaw was still able to be effective.What went rightIf you compare the 2018 version of Kershaw to the standard he has set over the past decade in baseball, it was underwhelming from a standpoint of dominance. But that doesn't mean he wasn’t great at preventing the other team from scoring runs.In 26 starts, the lefty finished with a 2.73 ERA. That would’ve been good for fourth in the National League had Kershaw qualified, falling five outs shy at 161 1鈦? innings.The 30-year-old was charged with two or less runs in 20 of 26 games and struck out more than five hitters per walk (5.34) for the fifth straight season.With 155 strikeouts — his lowest total since his first year in 2008 — Kershaw moved from 68 to 57 on the all-time list. He is 8th among active players and is only 121 away from a tie with Sandy Koufax for third in franchise history, 211 away from Don Drysdale for second.After coming back from his second stint on the DL, the lefty went 7-1 with a 2.20 ERA from June 28 to September 18. Impressive for someone who lost two to three mph of his fastball this year.What went wrongAs the Dodgers were heading toward May, they were still struggling as a team. Though it wouldn’t land him on the DL until May 6, Kershaw was dealing with biceps tendinitis. For just the third time in his career and the first since 2010 , he walked six batters on April 25.After starting May 1, Kershaw wouldn't start again until May 31. Though he pitched well in his return, giving up just one run in five innings, it would be his last start until June 23 due to a second trip to the DL for lower back discomfort.It was the first season since 2010 that the lefty wasn’t chosen for the All-Star Game and didn’t receive votes for Cy Young.Sure, NLCS Game 2 was great when he shutout the Braves for eight innings and he had seven innings of one-run ball in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers. But he also gave up 14 runs (13 earned) in 14 innings over his other three starts in the 2018 postseason — including two in the World Series.——One of the things we’ve been tracking for quite some time here at TBLA, is the fact that Kershaw had lowered his career ERA each of the last nine seasons. That came to an end after 2018 as the number went from 2.36 entering the season, to 2.39 coming out.2018 particularsAge: 30Stats: 26 starts, 9-5, 2.73 ERA 161.1 IP, 139 H, 55 runs (49 earned) 17 HR, 155/29 SO/BB Dellin Betances Jersey , 142 ERA+, 3.19 FIP, 1.041 WHIP, 8.6 K/9Salary: $33,000,000Game of the yearGoing by importance, Kershaw had a couple important starts that were successful in the postseason. The lefty tossed eight scoreless innings in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Braves, leading the Dodgers to a 3-0 win while allowing just two hits and no walks.After the decision was made to have Kershaw go in Game 2 instead of Game 1 as he always had, the left was unable to hold back a smile after the game.“Yeah, maybe. Maybe a tick, for sure,” he said Matt Holliday Jersey , grinning from ear to ear when asked if he felt any extra satisfaction with the performance after the talk around the rotation choice.But even bigger than that, Kershaw came up big with seven solid innings in Game 5 to send the NLCS back to Milwaukee with a 3-2 Dodgers advantage. He struck out nine while allowing just one run.During the regular season, Kershaw struck out 12 in a 7-2 Dodger win over Arizona back on April. The DBacks managed only two hits and were held to one run over seven innings. It was the only time he struck out double digits all year.Roster status Kershaw has 10 years and 105 days of major league service time and was recently extended on a contract for three years and $93 million. Incentives in the deal can send it over $100 million. Morning News and Notes for Thursday, December 6"Not much Indians news on the hot stove, which is just the way the team likes it. Meanwhile, one of the best hitters in MLB is now at “small market” Saint Louis.Indians News2019 ZiPS Projections – Cleveland Indians | FanGraphs Baseball - The projections are in for the TribeMLB star Francisco Lindor enjoys Merseyside derby in style - Liverpool FC - Major League Baseball star and New Balance athlete Francisco Lindor was on Merseyside this weekend for Liverpool’s derby victory over Everton.Top 10 MLB starting rotations - The Indians still have the best rotation - for now.Mets may not be a fit, but Cleveland Indians still talking to teams about Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco | - Where are the best trade partners for the Indians?Around the LeagueCardinals trade for Paul GoldschmidtFangraphs reviews Goldshmidt tradeTeams using trades to rebuildPadres accused of having two medical files for each playerRed Sox will visit White House

Mockup Provider » Instagram account marlinsnetwork leaked the first on Tuesday night , plus three alternatives revealed on Wednesday by reporters Andy Slater and Craig Mish."WhiteFanposts Sections News & RumorsAnalysisPodcastsProspects & DraftGame CoverageFull ArchiveMasthead Social Marlins Players on TwitterFish Stripes on InstagramMarlins Media Members Fish Stripes Best of 2018 Marlins StoriesScheduleRosterStatsCommunity Guidelines StubHub 鉁昅iami Marlins News and RumorsAt least 4 Miami Marlins logo designs being considered for 2019 rebrandNew,16commentsInstagram account marlinsnetwork leaked the first on Tuesday night, plus three alternatives revealed on Wednesday by reporters Andy Slater and Craig Mish.logo and color scheme (left) compared to previously released version (right)Photos by marlinsnetwork/Instagram and MLB.comOn the heels of Monday’s “Slater Scoop” describing the upcoming Miami Marlins logo change, we now have a sneak peek at the franchise’s potential color schemes for 2019 and beyond.MLB released Spring Training logos earlier this fall with team logos printed near the bottom. Instagram account marlinsnetwork shared an updated image Tuesday night that allegedly shows the new logos:The logo is not scheduled to be officially unveiled by the Marlins until November.Andy Slater previously mentioned that it would feature more blue than the existing logo, a new font for the “M” and an “adjusted” look to the marlin. This checks all of those boxes.However, this is but one of at least four designs being considered before the Fish submit to Major League Baseball for approval, Craig Mish explained late Wednesday morning.In 2018, the Marlins began phasing orange out of their color scheme, removing it from their regular season uniform rotation. All of these proposals would be consistent with that trend, changing the left/right borders on the Spring Training logo to either blue or red.Initial reactions to the marlinsnetwork post were mixed. There’s general approval of the color choice Mookie Wilson Jersey , but criticism of the design itself. The team logo is not in high resolution—zooming in causes it to pixelate. The quality is slightly better on Mish’s versions, so we’ll be interested to see how fans respond to the finer details of those designs.It is fairly common in the sports world for logo “prototypes” to get out for exactly this purpose: gauging public sentiment. Chris Creamer of did a side-by-side comparison of how the logo has evolved over the franchise’s 26-year history:SportsLogos.netIn case you missed it, the leak occurred within 12 hours of a completed V铆ctor V铆ctor Mesa-related trade and Miami-Dade county granting the Marlins permission to relocate their home run sculpture. On a day when both MLB Championship Series were in action, a 98-loss team somehow dominated the news cycle. TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno said the team has had internal discussions regarding a new contract for outfielder Mike Trout, who can become a free agent after the 2020 season.The two-time AL MVP is owed $33.25 million in each of the next two seasons, completing a $144.5 million, six-year contract.“One of the last interviews I gave I said it’s not in the back of our mind but in the front of our minds,” Angels Moreno said Monday.The 27-year-old Trout did not want to discuss his contract situation on the Angels’ first day of full squad workouts.“I enjoy it here. I’m having fun,” he said. “Obviously , losing’s not fun but I enjoy playing this game. I leave it out on the field every night, every day and I go from there.”Trout has heard from plenty of fans back home in the Philadelphia area about where they’d like him to play.“I don’t think I went a day this offseason without somebody saying, ‘Hey, when are you coming to Philly?'” Trout said. “I can’t predict the future. I don’t know.”The Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in high profile free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.“I’m an Eagles fan, and I know how we are,” Trout said. “If you’re going good, we love them. Fans appreciate hustle all the time. They like 100 percent effort. Even if you’re struggling, if you show them you’re giving 100 percent, they see that and they respect that. I don’t know how many times I heard, ‘Is Harper coming?’ I don’t know. It’s not a good direction for baseball when these guys aren’t signed.”Moreno is not against long-term contracts. He signed Albert Pujols to a $240 million Gary Carter Jersey , 10-year contract in December 2011.“If we don’t give a long-term contract, Albert doesn’t come here,” Moreno said. “He’s been great for the franchise, a really special player. You try not to go back too far for paying for something he’s already done, but you also look at the player and see what he really means to the franchise. We’re always trying to sell fan experience. We’re not going to win every night but we want to be in a situation where fans come to the ballpark and they get an opportunity to see some of the best players.”Notes: Angels manager Brad Ausmus said RHP Matt Harvey, bothered by a glute strain, threw off the mound on Monday. … OF Justin Upton will be sidelined for a few days because of right knee patella tendinitis, Ausmus said.

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Sox ace Chris Sale struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to secure a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Sox's ninth World Series title.Sale threw a nasty slider down and in to Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado for the final strike. Is Showtime Off the Field TooCFBs Creative Entrances Put WWE to ShameWorld Pole Climbing Championships Are Something ElseNBA Let Players Know They Have to Cover Branded TattoosRight Arrow IconMany expected Sale to start Game 5 since he had rested his usual four days since his last appearance. Instead Daniel Castro Jersey , Red Sox manager Alex Cora turned to David Price, who held the Dodgers to one run in seven innings.Entering the playoffs, Boston fans likely would've expected the worst if told Sale would post a 4.11 ERA in 15.1 innings over five appearances. Health reasons prevented Sale from being his usual self outside of his two relief outings.But Cora used him to great effect in pivotal moments, highlighting both Sale's flexibility and the manager's ability to think outside of the box in October. HOUSTON (AP) — After the Los Angeles Angels won their second straight game against the Houston Astros with a shutout on Friday night, manager Mike Scioscia took a minute to rave about his pitching staff.“The one theme here the last two games is I love the way we’re pitching ttp:// ,” he said. “We need to set a tone on the mound and we did it last night with Andrew (Heaney) and did it again tonight with Jaime (Barria). That’s the foundation that we have to get back to and it was good to see it these last two games.”Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer in a three-run sixth inning that led the Angels to the 3-0 win.Barria (9-8) scattered three hits and one walk in six innings to improve to 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in six starts in August. He was much sharper than his last outing against the Astros last Saturday, when he gave up four runs and five hits in three innings of the Angels’ 8-3 loss.“Looked like the ball was crisper, truer, definitely used his fastball very well on both sides of the plate, had up and down Kyle Freeland Jersey , and had his good slider and change-up going,” Scioscia said. “That’s six strong innings he pitched.”Justin Anderson struck out one in a perfect seventh. Ty Buttrey got into a jam in the eighth inning when Josh Reddick singled with no out before pinch-hitter Tony Kemp gave Houston its first extra-base hit of the night with a double on a liner to right field. Alex Bregman walked with one out to load the bases, but Buttrey struck out Jose Altuve before Carlos Correa popped out to end the inning.Blake Parker allowed one hit and walked one in a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.Houston starter Framber Valdez (2-1) was replaced by Collin McHugh after walking Kole Calhoun to start the sixth inning. An error by McHugh allowed Calhoun to advance to second before a single by David Fletcher sent him to third.Mike Trout’s sacrifice fly put the Angels up 1-0, and Simmons followed one out later with his homer into the left-field seats.The Astros went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position on a night manager A.J. Hinch was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Eric Cooper between the third and fourth innings as they lost their second straight game.Hinch said he was upset at a couple of calls on pitches to Altuve and that he was taking up for the reigning AL MVP when he approached Cooper.“Cooper is a good umpire and very easy to like, but as he started walking toward Altuve and escalate the argument Chris Iannetta Jersey , I took exception to that,” Hinch said. “In between innings like that, the simplest thing to do is walk away. I said something from the dugout and he turned his attention to me and kicked me out of the game.“I’m defending Altuve every inch of the way, but it didn’t need to happen,” Hinch continued. “None of it needed to happen. Me getting run out of the game is ridiculous.”The Angels had a chance to add on in the ninth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs. But Hector Rondon sat down the next three batters to leave them empty-handed.Valdez was charged with a run and two hits while walking three in five-plus innings for his first loss after winning his last two games.The Astros had runners at first and third with one out in the third after singles by Martin Maldonado and George Springer , but Barria retired Bregman and Altuve to escape the jam. Correa singled to start Houston’s fourth before Barria retired the last nine batters he faced. He was replaced by Anderson to start the seventh.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: C Brian McCann (knee surgery) and OF Jake Marisnick (groin) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.SIMBA ROARS IN HOUSTONSimmons, whose nickname is Simba, has been great in Houston this season. He is hitting .600 with three homers, a double and 10 homers in four games at Minute Maid Park this season. He’s had success against the Astros at home, too hitting .354 with 14 RBIs in 13 games overall against Houston this season. He’s tied with Oakland’s Khris Davis for the most RBIs against Houston this year.UP NEXTJosh James will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday to make his major league debut for Houston against Felix Pena (1-4 , 4.52 ERA). The 25-year-old James, who was selected in the 34th round of the 2014 draft, has 171 strikeouts in 23 games with 21 starts combined between Double-A Corpus Christi and Fresno.