MLB

Padres win eighth straight to close gap to Dodgers, Orioles snap losing streak

By Sports Desk September 14, 2020

The San Diego Padres claimed an eighth straight win in MLB to close the gap to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

On the back of a five-run seventh inning, the Padres beat the Dodgers 7-2 at Petco Park.

It marked their eighth straight win as they improved to 32-17 and moved to within 1.5 games of National League (NL) West leaders the Dodgers (33-15).

Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet struck out 11 over seven innings, giving up just three hits.

Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, lasted 6.1 innings for the Dodgers, striking out nine and conceding five hits and three runs.

The Baltimore Orioles snapped a five-game losing streak by thrashing the Atlanta Braves 14-1.

Jose Iglesias went four-for-four with four RBIs, hitting a three-run homer in a nine-run third inning during which DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle also went deep.

The Orioles became the first team in American League (AL) history to score one run or less in four straight games, then score 14-plus in their next outing, according to STATS.

 

Minor magic, Lewis delivers amazing catch

After struggling at the start of the season with the Texas Rangers, Mike Minor was traded to the Oakland Athletics last month. He produced a fine start in a 9-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday, striking out eight in seven innings. The Mariners won the first game of a doubleheader.

In the second game, Mariners right fielder Kyle Lewis produced an incredible catch to rob Ramon Laureano of a grand slam.

Corbin Burnes struck out 10 in just 4.2 innings, but the Milwaukee Brewers were edged by the St Louis Cardinals 3-2. They split their doubleheader.

Tyler Stephenson crushed a walk-off home run in the Cincinnati Reds' 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. They swept the doubleheader.

 

Terrible Toussaint

Braves starter Touki Toussaint got through just 2.2 innings. He gave up seven hits, eight runs (five earned) and two homers to the Orioles.

 

Monday's results

Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds 9-4 Pittsburgh Pirates
Miami Marlins 6-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 St Louis Cardinals
St Louis Cardinals 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Seattle Mariners 6-5 Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics 9-0 Seattle Mariners
Baltimore Orioles 14-1 Atlanta Braves
Chicago White Sox 3-1 Minnesota Twins
San Diego Padres 7-2 Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Blue Jays at Yankees

Chasing playoff spots, the Toronto Blue Jays (26-20) and New York Yankees (26-21) do battle on Tuesday. Taijuan Walker (3-2, 2.95 ERA) will start for Toronto, while Deivi Garcia (1-1, 3.06 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees.

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    The 47-year-old underwent open-heart surgery in 2009.

    "I feel great. I can't believe how good I feel," Boone said on Friday.

    "It makes me really glad that I got this done because, certainly in the last couple of months, I have not felt anywhere close to how I felt this morning. Really excited about it; excited to get back."

    On a return, Boone added: "I can say a couple days in now, me and my new buddy are doing quite well."

    "If not tomorrow [Saturday], I'm hoping for Sunday," he continued.

    Boone has been Yankees manager since 2018, leading the storied franchise to the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in 2019, while they lost in the AL Division Series (ALDS) last year.

    The former third baseman was an All-Star with the Yankees in 2003.

    "Now that I've got [the pacemaker] it's made me realise that I wasn't feeling good, just energy level, just not myself. I felt like I had to reach for it every day in a way," Boone said.

    "And yesterday [Thursday] and even more so today, I just feel kind of ready to go and ready to kind of tackle things. [My cardiologist] said, 'this will be a pretty straightforward simple procedure, nothing like you've been through in the past. And it'll work right away, you'll notice it.' And he was right. I feel great."

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said: "I don't know the exact time of his procedure [Wednesday] afternoon, but in the 7:10pm range, I get a FaceTime. And it's Aaron Boone. I pick up and the energy, how good he looked, the personality was so vibrant. And I'm like, 'Wow.'

    "For him to have to go under, have this procedure, and within an hour or so he's back up and running as if nothing really happened at all, it was incredible. I know he's chomping at the bit to get back into that dugout, back into the Yankee uniform. But the greatest thing is that he just feels amazing. The newer version of him, I'm happy for him and happy for his family and happy for us."

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    Boone, who underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, is recovering at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida after Wednesday's operation.

    The Yankees said the procedure was "expected", while general manager Brian Cashman added Boone could return to the team within two to three days.

    "As many of you know, I underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, and I wanted everyone to understand where I'm at regarding the procedure that's taking place today," Boone said. "Over the last six-eight weeks I've had mild symptoms of light-headedness, low energy and shortness of breath.

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    "It's a necessary step,'' Cashman said of Boone's surgery. "It's something that's not avoidable and needs to be taken care of, but he has no fear and I know he's just in great hands and it's just a temporary timeout. He looks forward to getting back to doing what he does best and doing what he loves, which is baseball.'

    "When you hear 'pacemaker,' it kind of sets off a lot of alarms of concern... No one's going to do more research than the person that's going to be going through this, and I felt so comforted by the way he communicated with me on it that he put me at ease."

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    In Toronto, Bichette is the first shortstop in MLB history to have a .300-plus batting average and a .500-plus slugging percentage in each of his first two seasons (minimum 125 plate appearances in both seasons), per Stats Perform.

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    Springer has recorded seven career World Series home runs – most from the lead-off spot all-time – and he is 19-for-56 (.339) in the World Series in his career. No other current Blue Jays player has a World Series hit in their career.

    The 31-year-old's 174 home runs since debuting in MLB via Houston are third most by an Astro in a player's first seven career seasons, behind only Jeff Bagwell (187) and Lance Berkman (180).

    Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo added: "I like when he leads off like we did today. I like that. But we'll see."

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