James Paxton knows he will be pitching
01-29-2019, 08:38 AM,
James Paxton knows he will be pitching
OAKLAND Ken Boyer Jersey , Calif. (AP) —in plenty of meaningful games during the stretch run, and now that he is healthy and back on the mound it provides a big boost for Seattle’s playoff chances.Paxton returned from the disabled list to strike out 10 batters over five innings, Ben Gamel hit a two-run double, and the Mariners held off the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Saturday night in a matchup of contenders with a knack for comebacks.“You always want to be part of this kind of thing,” Paxton said. “We’re in the race. We’ve played some good games here against these guys and hopefully we can come out and get the series win tomorrow.”Jean Segura had a two-run single in the fifth, an inning after he was hit by a pitch. He finished with three hits, helping Seattle pull within 4 1/2 games of Oakland for the second AL wild card.Khris Davis hit his majors-leading 40th home run to start the eighth for Oakland, giving him three straight 40-homer seasons . He joined Jimmie Foxx from 1932-34 as the only players in A’s history to accomplish that feat.“It’s just miraculous numbers that he puts up,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve had a long history of power hitters here, and to be with Jimmie Foxx and that kind of company, and we’re still looking at close to a month left, he’s been as consistent a power hitter as anybody who’s been in Oakland.”Marcus Semien added a two-run double in the eighth and left fielder Denard Span’s blunder trying to scoop up the ball allowed a third run to score to make it 8-7.Edwin Diaz walked Jed Lowrie to begin the ninth and put the tying run aboard, and then recovered to strike out the side for his club-record 51st save in 55 opportunities.With an ailing rotation, the A’s made a day-of change to start September call-up reliever Liam Hendriks (0-1) — a philosophy Tampa Bay employed this season — and then manager Bob Melvin eventually went to regularly scheduled starter Daniel Mengden after two other relievers.After Gamel’s double in the second got the Mariners going, Seattle scored two of its three runs in the third on errors.Mark Canha hit two-run homer in the fifth for the A’s http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-mike-shannon-jersey , who struck out 18 times.Paxton (11-5) pitched for the first time since getting hit on his left forearm by a line drive Aug. 14 at Oakland. He allowed three runs on two hits and walked four, and while he felt rusty he knows he will likely be sharper the next time out as he works on a more consistent release point.“A game we needed to have tonight,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We got out offensively really good. I thought our at-bats were outstanding against a number of different pitchers.”The lefty clapped his hand into his glove after retiring Davis on a strikeout to end the fifth following consecutive two-out walks to Matt Chapman and Lowrie.Ryon Healy had a pair of hits against his old club as the Mariners won for just the second time in six games.Seattle’s Mitch Haniger doubled leading off the fourth to match his career high with a 13-game hitting streak.Mengden wound up working the third and fourth innings as the A’s used nine pitchers. That matched the most for any game in Oakland history and was the highest number used in a nine-inning game.MAXWELL DEPARTSAs Oakland made September call-ups, the A’s designated catcher Bruce Maxwell for assignment, possibly ending his tenure with the club.In July, Maxwell was sentenced to two years of probation on a disorderly conduct charge, nearly three months after he pleaded guilty to the charge in a gun-related incident. Police said Maxwell had pointed a handgun at a woman who delivered food to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, in October.“I don’t think it was a distraction for us,” Melvin said of Maxwell’s legal issues.The A’s made it a priority to promote catcher Beau Taylor, one of eight players added Saturday, and he caught the ninth to make his major league debut.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP Marco Gonzales, on the DL retroactive to Aug. 24 with a strained neck muscle, has been throwing in recent days and is getting closer to throwing a bullpen session, Servais said.Athletics: OF Matt Joyce came off the 10-day DL as expected when rosters expanded. He had been out since July 5 with a strained lower back.UP NEXTRight-hander Felix Hernandez (8-12 Whitey Herzog Jersey , 5.49 ERA), long the bane of Oakland batters, starts the series finale for Seattle opposite A’s righty Edwin Jackson (4-3, 3.03). Hernandez seeks his first victory in nine outings since beating the Royals on June 30, a span during which he’s 0-6. Bob Levey/Getty ImagesIt's not often that Major League Baseball sees a seismic move prior to the trade deadline, but that will be the case this season as it looks like Baltimore Orioles slugger Manny Machado is headed out of town.Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, "the Baltimore Orioles, barring a last minute snag, will trade All-Star shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday."While the biggest name on the trading block appears to be off the table, a few other notable players should be on the move. You can take a look at three of them below. J.A. HappAt 43-52, the Toronto Blue Jays are playing out the string. They sit 23.5 games back in the American League East race and 14 behind the Seattle Mariners for the AL's second wild-card spot.Therefore, it's no surprise that their No. 1 pitcher, J.A. Happ, could be headed out as the Blue Jays look toward the future. Per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, "there is definite interest" in the southpaw.While Happ has done fairly well this year (121 strikeouts in 106 innings http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-vince-coleman-jersey , 4.02 FIP per Baseball Reference), a glance at the Phillies' depth chart reveals that bullpen help may be a bigger need. Salisbury noted the Phils are interested in Orioles lefty reliever Zach Britton (more on that in a minute), and that would likely take precedence over any Happ deal.However, Happ would give the Phils their only lefty in the starting rotation, and he would presumably be the team's No. 3 starter behind ace Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta.Philadelphia would then have a good problem on its hands, as it would have four solid candidates (Zach Eflin, Enyel De Los Santos, Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta) for the final two rotation spots during the stretch run.Presumably, De Los Santos, a 22-year-old prospect with just two starts under his belt, would be an odd man out, leaving three right-handers for two roles.It's never much of a problem to have an overabundance of pitching options, so the surprising Phillies would be set up quite well for a playoff race should they land Happ.Zach BrittonBaltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton was the subject of trade rumors last year, but nothing ever materialized.Given how poorly Baltimore has done this year (28-69), one has to figure that he'll be on the move as the team begins an extensive rebuilding process.A few rumors have been reported.Per Bruce Levine of 670 The Score Orlando Cepeda Jersey , "the Cubs are one of eight contending teams talking to the Baltimore Orioles about reliever Zach Britton, according to a source."Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia added some information about the Phillies' interest in the left-hander:Jim Salisbury JSalisburyNBCSI am getting the vibe that the Phillies are angling to land Machado AND Britton is same deal. VaSulQpHjnAt his best, Britton was one of the best relievers in the game. According to Baseball Reference, Britton earned 120 saves in addition to a microscopic 1.38 ERA from 2014-2016. He was also called upon nearly every other day, as the O's reliever made 204 appearances.However, Britton has battled injuries over the past two years, notably forearm tightness in 2017 and a ruptured Achilles tendon that kept him out for the first part of the 2018 campaign.Since his 2016 campaign, which saw Britton post a 0.54 ERA and 47 saves, the southpaw has fallen back to Earth a bit to the tune of a 3.19 ERA. However, if Britton stays healthy, gets into a groove and returns closer to his mid-decade form, then whichever team gets him at the deadline will receive a tremendous asset toward the stretch run.Jeurys FamiliaPer Buster Olney of ESPN, New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia could be going elsewhere:Buster Olney Buster_ESPNNL teams appear to be at the forefront of the talks about the Mets Jeurys Familia, who is among the best available relievers. Phillies interested (although they may wait until Britton/Machado talks resolved), Giants http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-keith-hernandez-jersey , etc.The Mets' season has been an absolute disaster, as they sit in last place in the National League East with a 39-55 record. The issue is that the team needs to undergo a massive organizational rebuild, as the farm system isn't stacked with potential MLB prospects. Of note, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com ranked the Mets' farm 26th out of 30 MLB teams prior to the season.At this point, the Mets need to go on a fire sale, which is why trading Familia makes sense. For the season, the 28-year-old has 17 saves and a 2.88 ERA.Either the aforementioned Phillies or Giants can work: Both teams could use relief help, although Philly's bullpen ERA ranks in the bottom half of the league (4.08, which is 17th). The Phils may be more desperate than San Francisco to make a move for Familia.Ultimately, don't expect Familia to be a Met by the end of the month. He's likely joining a team in the middle of a playoff race.
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