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Diamondbacks demote pitcher Shelby Miller to Triple A

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The Diamondbacks Jerseys have De Jerseysmoted rightHand Jerseyse Jerseysr Shelby Miller Jerseys Jerseys to Triple A Reno, the team announced Thursday.

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Miller Jerseys, 25, holds a bloated 7.14 ERA this season in 14 starts, with a 2–9 record. His performance is a stark contrast from 2015, when he posted a 3.02 ERA with the Braves Jerseys and maDe Jerseys the All-Star team, although he posted a record of 6–17 in 33 starts due in part to a La Jerseysck of run support.

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Arizona acquired him in an off-season traDe Jerseys that sent 2015 No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson, 2014 first-rounDe Jerseysr Aaron BLa Jerseysir and promising outfielDe Jerseysr EnDe Jerseysr Inciarte Jerseys Jerseys to AtLa Jerseysnta in exchange.

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Miller Jerseys missed time with a finger injury this season, but continued to struggle after recovering. “I’m surprised I stayed up here this long,” he admitted.

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“You never want that to Happ Jerseysen, but my goal is to go down there, figure some things out and get back here as quick as possible,” Miller Jerseys adDe Jerseysd.

The Diamondbacks Jerseys are a disappointing 38–52 and have fAllen Jerseys out of the pLa Jerseysyoff race after a spLa Jerseysshy off-season that saw them sign free agent ace Zack Greinke Jerseys Jerseys.

Top 50 MLB prospects: Astros’ Alex Bregman leaps to midseason No. 1

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Here at the MLB season’s midpoint, and with the De Jerseysadline to sign draftees coming up on Friday, I put together an update of the top 50 prospects in baseball, given that a good number of pLa Jerseysyers from my Top 100 prospects rankings in January have graduated to the majors.

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In ranking these pLa Jerseysyers, I tend to weigh upsiDe Jerseys or ceiling more heavily than proximity to the majors. The list incluDe Jerseyss a mixture of pLa Jerseysyers as high as Double-A or Triple-A as well as a few who have signed in recent Weeks Jerseys but have yet to make their professional De Jerseysbuts.

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PLa Jerseysyers who already have passed the cutoff for Rookie of the Year eligibility or are currently on a major League Jerseys roster (e.g., Josh Bell Jerseys Jerseys and Trea Turner Jerseys Jerseys) are not incluDe Jerseysd here. PLa Jerseysyers who have not signed out of the draft are ineligible for the list, which is why Jaso Jerseysn Groome, drafted 12th overall by the Red Sox Jerseys, and Braxton Garrett, drafted seventh overall by the Marlins Jerseys, are absent.

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One important note: I start these lists from scratch every time I assemble them, so it’s not as if I’ve “moved” pLa Jerseysyers up or down from previous rankings. PLa Jerseysyers change, and the rankings should reflect that, but just because a pLa Jerseysyer is Lowe Jerseysr now than he was in May Jerseys or FebRua Jerseysry doesn’t mean he’s somehow gotten worse. It only means I’m trying to make these rankings as accurate as I can.

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Note: The “previous rank” for each pLa Jerseysyer refers to Keith’s May Jerseys rankings; NR stands for “Not Rated” and means the pLa Jerseysyer wasn’t among the top 25 in May Jerseys.

1. Alex Bregman, SS/3B

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Previous rank: 15

Current level: Triple-A

Bregman’s power output this year — 19 homers in 70 games between Double- and Triple-A — has been way beyond anything I’ve ever forecasted for him, and even if you (or I) still want to argue that he’s not going to have more than average power, how could you reasonably say he won’t ever hit 20 homers in a full season when he has done this? He also has pLa Jerseysyed aDe Jerseysquate enough De Jerseysfense at shortstop that he’d be an upgraDe Jerseys over Carlos Correa Jerseys, he has proven very difficult to strike out, he works the count, and he draws walks. He might be peak Dustin Pedroia Jerseys Jerseys with the bat, but on the other siDe Jerseys of the bag. That’s a superstar.

Kershaw and others could return soon for mending Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers Jerseys got some encouraging news on the eve of resuming pLa Jerseysy after the All-Star break, with word that injured ace CLa Jerseysyton Kershaw Jerseys Jerseys Jerseys could soon return to the starting rotation.

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Kershaw Jerseys Jerseys has been on the disabled list since June 27 with a Minor Jerseys disk herniation in his Lowe Jerseysr back.

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He threw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at the stadium after attending the All-Star Game in San Diego, where he was chosen for the NL team for the sixth straight year.

”That was encouraging for us,” Roberts Jerseys said. ”He says he’s feeling well. All of it is contingent upon how CLa Jerseysyton feels. Not a whole lot is left.”

Roberts Jerseys said he wasn’t sure whether Kershaw Jerseys Jerseys would need a rehab assignment before rejoining the rotation.

”I don’t think he feels he needs one,” Roberts Jerseys said.

Wood Jerseys has been facing hitters in Arizona and will soon begin a rehab assignment as he comes back from a strained tRice Jerseysps.

The Dodgers Jerseys (51-40) return from the break trailing first-pLa Jerseysce San Francis Jerseysco by 6 1/2 games in the NL West Jerseys. They open a nine-game trip Friday at Arizona, folLowe Jerseysd by three games at NL East-leading Washington and three at St. Louis.

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Bud Norris Jerseys Jerseys, Brandon McCarthy Jerseys Jerseys and Kenta Maeda Jerseys will start games in Arizona. Scott Kazmir Jerseys Jerseys and Hyun-Jin Ryu Jerseys Jerseys will start the first two games in Washington.

Also nearing a return is center fielDe Jerseysr Joc PeDe Jerseysrson Jerseys, who separated his right shoulDe Jerseysr on June 28. He will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A OkLa Jerseyshoma City and is expected to be activated Tuesday, Roberts Jerseys said.

Brett AnDe Jerseysrson Jerseys is getting close to returning to the rotation, too, after recovering from surgery for a herniated disk in his Lowe Jerseysr back in March.

The left-Hand Jerseyse Jerseysr threw a 60-pitch bullpen session that Roberts Jerseys De Jerseysscribed as ”electric.”

”He’s really come on as of La Jerseyste,” Roberts Jerseys said.

Next up for AnDe Jerseysrson is pitching a simuLa Jerseysted game, folLowe Jerseysd by a rehab assignment.

Reliever Yimi GArcia Jerseys Jerseys Jerseys, on the DL with strained biceps, has faced hitters and will begin a rehab assignment soon.

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Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa placed on DL

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DENVER — Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa Jerseys was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left groin strain, which should give him time to recover and unlock the mystery that has led to a 10.18 ERA through five starts. Colorado recalled righty Eddie Butler Jerseys from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill his roster spot.

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De La Rosa gave up four runs in three innings of Tuesday night’s 9-4 loss to the Pirates, and he was pulled when he limped to first after hitting a ground ball in the third inning. He said Wednesday that the issue has existed since his first start, and he has been receiving massage treatments. Yet, he declined to link the groin issue to the poor performances or significantly lower fastball velocity this season.

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“It’s not the groin, it’s me,” De La Rosa said.

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Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he doesn’t believe De La Rosa (1-3) will need more than the minimum DL stint before he’s healthy enough to pitch. Weiss believes that whatever healing De La Rosa has to do will be mental as well as physical.

“It probably doesn’t hurt — sometimes you need a mental break, too,” Weiss said. “Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.”

De La Rosa said the groin is “tight and sore.” His leg also didn’t look stable when he attempted to run out a ground ball during his previous stint at Cincinnati, when he pitched just two innings and was pulled for ineffectiveness. But De La Rosa said the groin wasn’t a huge issue then.

So it’s not clear what the main cause is for De La Rosa’s struggles this season. This much is known: his 90.1 mph average fastball is the lowest since he averaged 90.4 during three late-season starts after returning from Tommy John surgery in 2012 (he was at 91.4 last year). And De La Rosa, who owns club records for wins (79), strikeouts (905) and home winning percentage (.731), hasn’t shown he can pitch with lower fastball speed.

Yet, Weiss noted, “Everything checks out fine with the arm.”

De La Rosa offered, “I just feel like my arm is lazy. I’ve been working really hard to get it stronger every day. But I don’t know. I’ll rest a little bit just to make it stronger.”

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. Share This Email Print + Hide Comments

No one elected by Hall of Fame committee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Committee, which considered a ballot featuring six former players, three executives and one of baseball’s earliest organizers, did not elect anyone to be inducted into the Cooperstown shrine on Monday.

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Doc Adams, widely credited for creating the position of shortstop while playing for the New York Knickerbockers in the 1840s and ’50s, received votes on 10 of 16 ballots for a percentage of 62.5, while 19th-century players Bill Dahlen and Harry Stovey each received votes on eight of the 16 ballots (50 percent). To earn election, candidates needed to be named on at least 75 percent of all ballots cast.

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The 16-person committee featured four Hall of Famers, four veteran baseball executives and eight historians/media members.

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Cardinals owner Sam Breadon, shortstop Marty Marion and pitchers Wes Ferrell and Bucky Walters were among the others on the ballot who received three or fewer votes.

The committee, which studies players, managers, umpires and executives from the era prior to 1947 — when Jackie Robinson integrated the Major Leagues — opens a week of Hall of Fame festivities.

On Tuesday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce its annual winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for a noteworthy career in baseball writing. And on Wednesday, the Hall will announce its winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for meritorious service to baseball broadcasting. Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy and late Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Furman Bisher are returnees to the Spink ballot.

The 10 finalists for the 2016 Frick Award are all from the Broadcasting Dawn Era, which began with the first baseball broadcast and ended in the 1950s. The candidates are Jack Graney, Harry Heilmann, Al Helfer, France Laux, Tom Manning, Graham cheap mlb jerseys McNamee, Rosey Rowswell, Hal Totten, Ty Tyson and Bert Wilson.

At the same time, approximately 475 eligible members of the BBWAA are pondering their choices among players largely now with 10 years of eligibility. Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are the most notable first-timers on that ballot, with Mike Piazza having a chance to be elected in his fourth year.

Writers must submit their ballots by Dec. 21, and an announcement of any electees will be made in New York on Jan. 6.

Anyone elected from all the above ballots to the Class of 2016 will be honored or inducted during ceremonies to be staged in Cooperstown, N.Y., on the weekend of July 23-24.

This was the second time around for the Pre-Integration Committee. The Hall devised a novel approach to its Veterans Committees in 2010, with different committees voting for players from distinct eras every three years.

In 2012, that first edition of the Pre-Integration Committee elected 19th-century catcher Deacon White, umpire Hank O’Day and Yankees seminal owner Jacob Ruppert. Last year, the Golden Era Committee did not elect anyone from a ballot that included Dick Allen, Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat and Gil Hodges. Two years ago, the post-1972 Expansion Era Committee elected managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.

A Historical Overview Committee of 11 veteran writers and historians selected this year’s ballot, the remainder of which is comprised of pioneer Doc Adams, shortstop Bill Dahlen, Reds president August “Garry” Herrmann, first baseman Frank McCormick, outfielder Harry Stovey and 19th century St. Louis Browns owner Chris von der Ahe. All are deceased.

The makeup of the 16 on each committee changes from year to year. This year’s Pre-Integration Committee had a nice mix. It included four Hall of Famers — Cox, Bert Blyleven, Phil Niekro and Pat Gillick, the former general manager elected by the first Expansion Era Committee in 2010. Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt, former Mariners president Chuck Armstrong and scouts Gary Hughes of the Red Sox and Tal Smith of the Astros represent Major League Baseball.

And veteran media members or historians comprise half of the panel: Steve Hirdt, Peter Morris, Jack O’Connell, Claire Smith, Tim Sullivan, T.R. Sullivan, Gary Thorne and Tim Wendel.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. Share This Email Print + Hide Comments

Cards optimistic Yadier Molina will make postseason roster despite injury

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals jerseys catcher Yadier Molina jerseys will try to play in the NL Division Series while wearing a splint to protect his injured left thumb.

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Molina, a seven-time All-Star widely considered the best defensive catcher in the game cheap jerseys, met with a hand specialist on Monday.

Molina partially tore a ligament on Sept cheap mlb jerseys. 20 making a tag at the plate and hasn’t played since. St. Louis said the injury was still present wholesale mlb jerseys, and he will test the splint during workouts the next few days.

General manager John Mozeliak said Molina, 33, was feeling stronger and added he was “still optimistic” Molina would be on the postseason roster.

Backup Tony Cruz jerseys would be the starter if Molina is unable to play. Cruz batted .204 overall but was 11-for-38 (.289) with five doubles and four RBIs after taking over in the regular season.

Ed Easley jerseys, a 29-year-old rookie, was the backup while Molina was out and was 0-for-6 on the year with one RBI.

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Molina missed about two months with a torn ligament in his right thumb last season. He returned for the final month of the season, then was 5-for-21 with no RBIs in the postseason.

The team has said this injury is not as severe wholesale jerseys. He hit .270 with four homers and 61 RBIs in 2014.

Cubs-Pirates Preview

Having closed the gap on one division rival, the Pittsburgh Pirates Jerseys now hope to distance themselves from another.

A four-game series that could help decide home field for the NL wild card – and potentially more – gets underway Tuesday with a day-night doubleheader between the Pirates and visiting Chicago Cubs Jerseys.

Pittsburgh (86-56) is in position to host the wild-card game for a third straight year but has its eyes on a bigger prize. The Pirates have pulled within 2 1/2 games of first-place St. Louis in the NL Central with a 7-3 run they began by winning two of three from the Cardinals from Sept. 4-6.

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“We try to keep the mentality of just taking care of our game cheap jerseys, but you can’t help being aware (of the standings),” pitcher Jeff Locke jerseys told MLB’s official website.

Though the Pirates host St. Louis for three games to conclude September, they still can’t look past a Cubs team they’ll face seven times before then. Chicago (82-60) trails Pittsburgh by four games and is 39-32 on the road wholesale jerseys, the majors’ second-best winning percentage behind the Cardinals.

“Four one-game winning streaks would be great,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “If you start getting caught up in that big thing, it could really mess your head up. You just play that game and move on.”

Chicago could be accused of looking ahead after consecutive losses at lowly Philadelphia that followed a 7-1 stretch.

Chris Coghlan jerseys finished 4 for 5 in Sunday’s 7-4 loss to become the first Cubs player since 1950 with a home run and two triples in a game cheap mlb jerseys. He’s 10 for 25 through the first six of Chicago’s 11-game trip.

The Cubs draw another challenge with Gerrit Cole jerseys (16-8, 2.54 ERA) taking the mound in the opener on nine days’ rest from perhaps his best performance of the season – seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball in a 7-1 win over the Cardinals on Sept. 6. It was the latest successful September effort for the Pittsburgh ace, who is 9-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 13 career starts during the month.

Cole has been quite successful against the Cubs as well, winning his first six starts behind a 2.92 ERA before allowing two runs in six innings of a 4-1 road loss May 16. He yielded one unearned run and three hits over six innings in an 8-1 win at Wrigley Field on April 29.

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Jason Hammel jerseys (8-6, 3.59) gets the call for Chicago in the opener and seeks to win consecutive starts for the first time since June 1 and 6. The righty fanned six while allowing three runs in six-plus innings of an 8-5 decision over St. Louis on Sept. 8.

Hammel halted a three-start losing streak against Pittsburgh by surrendering four hits in eight innings of a 4-0 home win April 27. He was reached for three earned runs in a 4-3 defeat at PNC Park five days earlier.

Josh Harrison jerseys is 1 for 11 off Hammel but 9 for 19 over his last four games, and capped a stirring comeback with an RBI single in the 11th inning of Sunday’s 7-6 triumph over Milwaukee. The Pirates scored six unanswered runs to erase a 6-1 deficit in the bottom of the fourth.

The nightcap pits a pair of left-handers coming off strong starts in Pittsburgh’s J.A. Happ jerseys and the Cubs’ Jon Lester jerseys.

Happ (5-1, 1.79) was tagged for four runs and nine hits by Chicago in 4 1-3 innings wholesale mlb jerseys to lose his Pirates debut Aug. 4. He’s posted a 1.00 ERA in six games since and won a fifth straight start by allowing two runs over six-plus innings Wednesday in Cincinnati.

Lester (9-10, 3.50) held St. Louis to a run and two hits over seven innings Wednesday, but was denied a win when the Cardinals scored three times off Chicago’s bullpen in the eighth. The veteran did earn a victory when limiting Pittsburgh to a run in seven innings May 16.

Happ is 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA in five meetings with Chicago, with Rizzo 4 for 6 with a home run and two doubles off him and Castro 4 for 9 with a pair of doubles.

Chicago Cubs staying loose, riding momentum

cheap usa nfl jerseys CHICAGO — Hey, you, Cubs fan. Stop refreshing those playoff odds. Hey, you, Cubs player. Stop scoreboard-watching and sweating your slumps.

Theo Epstein, the most popular man north of 18th Street not named Kyle Schwarber Jerseys, had a message for you before the Cubs’ most important September in seven years began with a wild, comeback win over the Cincinnati Reds Jerseys.

“I think there is a momentum at play in September that’s powerful,” the Cubs president said Tuesday. “That’s more powerful than playoff odds and math and things like that that people like to look at this time of year. I think being loose and having a positive vibe, even if you lose a few games in a row, is really important to keep the momentum going the right way.”

That’s right, Epstein, who likes to mix in baseball poetry with his linear weights, is talking about momentum. I wonder if the Cubs have a proprietary wMOM+ metric.

Epstein brought up momentum when asked about the possibility that having such a young team might help down the stretch as the pressure of a playoff chase turns up.

The Cubs have been a loose team all year, and it has worked out pretty well, thanks to the talent on hand. From the postgame dance parties to the easygoing vibes emanating from manager Joe Maddon, the leadership and the veterans on the Cubs have set the right tone for the young guys to follow.

“We’re not guilty of overthinking too many things, which is good,” Epstein said. “The guys are really loose, and it’s not just words. I think if you’re around the team, you feel it. There’s not a lot of weight to the clubhouse on a day-to-day basis. Just show up, have fun, go play hard and really compete and try to win a ballgame. If you win, celebrate extremely hard for about 15 minutes, and let it go … and do it again the next day.

“That’s really valuable, and it helps you avoid the pitfall of getting too tight. This time of year, if you start paying attention to the standings or things aren’t going your way or you’re not performing up to expectations or you don’t like what people are writing about you or you’re scoreboard-watching and you’re not getting the results you want to get, players and teams and organizations can get too tight. And it’s really hard to escape that.”

Epstein should know. It was the Red Sox’s 2011 September collapse that led to his leaving for the Cubs. Thanks again, guys. Fried chicken and beer on Tom Ricketts. (Note to Wally Hayward’s W Partners: Land a legacy chicken partner. I suggest Harold’s or Leghorn.)

After losing five of six, including one to Cincinnati, to end August, the Cubs’ September got off to a rousing start with Tuesday’s 5-4 win.

Kris Bryant Jerseys went 3-for-4 with two run-scoring singles. Miguel Montero Jerseys tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth. Most importantly, Schwarber (2-for-3, three runs) won the game with a two-run tee-shot homer off Burke Badenhop Jerseys in the seventh.

Schwarber ended August in a bit of a swoon. From Aug. 20 to 31, he went 5-for-41 with 16 strikeouts and four walks, which dropped his batting average from .311 to .263 and his OPS from 1.001 to .888.

Maddon said he knew Schwarber was in for a good night when Schwarber walked during his second at-bat. He would later score on Bryant’s single.

“The moment he walked, I said, ‘When you’re walking, you’re hitting,’” Maddon said. “He needs to accept the walk out there and calm his feet down. He’s been really jumpy at the plate.”

Schwarber singled and scored in his second at-bat. Fall ball is quickly taking on a new meaning for the talented rookie, who finished his first year of pro baseball in the Florida State League last year.

“Joe, Skip, he’s mentioned a couple things to me, just saying, ‘Wait ’til September. You’ll get an extra pep in your step every day,'” Schwarber said. “It’s not the dog days. It’s that time to get after the race and make it to the playoffs. We all feel it cheap mlb jerseys. This team’s been really good. We have a lot of good personalities, and it makes it fun to come in the clubhouse.”

Fun is good. Before the game on Tuesday, the Cubs clubhouse felt more like one of the bars that surround Wrigley Field. Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” was blaring from the speakers as the newcomers in the clubhouse mingled with a growing media pack.

It felt a little like 2008 — except no one was surrounding Mark DeRosa’s locker asking what it will be like when the Cubs win the World Series.

Javier Baez Jerseys was back for the first time this year, grateful to return after an unexpected sojourn in the minors. Austin Jackson Jerseys, Quintin Berry and Trevor Cahill had joined the club for the playoff push.

The Cubs have been building toward this moment, from their post-win dance parties to their dramatic wholesale jerseys, come-from-behind victories. Now they just have to seize the opportunity. With a sizable lead on San Francisco for the second wild card, the Cubs can only lose their way out of the postseason.

That has happened before.

Starting pitching will keep it interesting this month. Epstein can talk about momentum, but one of the hoariest baseball clichés is, “Momentum is only as good as the next day’s pitcher.” After Jake Arrieta Jerseys and Jon Lester, can the other starters hold their own in September?

The Cubs trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth on Tuesday. Before the game, they were 7-34 when trailing after five innings. Cubs starter Dan Haren Jerseys was good enough, with just two runs given up in five innings. Clayton Richard Jerseys and Fernando Rodney Jerseys each gave up a run.

Epstein defended the bottom three of the rotation before the game cheap jerseys. He noted that pitching carried the team during some hitting slumps and referred to the present as a “snapshot moment of time.”

A shorter version of his message: “By no means are we panicking about it or concerned about it,” he said. “It’s just part of the evolution of the staff and the rhythm of the season.”

I can dig that. This is September in Chicago. We’re all about momentum, evolution and rhythm.

And in a pinch, a Schwarber home run works, too.

Kevin Gausman’s hot hand, high heat lifts Orioles

BALTIMORE — Even though he’s just 24 years old, Kevin Gausman Jerseys has pitched in pressure situations. But his outing Saturday might have been the most clutch performance of his young career.

Yes, it’s only Aug. 1. Sure, the opponent was non-division rival Detroit, which launched its rebuilding effort earlier this week by unloading stars David Price Jerseys, Joakim Soria and Yoenis Cespedes. But on Saturday night at Camden Yards, with a possible wild-card berth coming into focus and their starting rotation suddenly reeling from multiple injuries, the Baltimore Orioles Jerseys desperately needed a quality start. Gausman gave them one, and then some.

Facing a Detroit Tigers Jerseys offense that leads the majors in hitting (with a .277 average) and had torched Baltimore for 16 runs on 32 hits during the first two games of the series, Gausman took control of the game early on and never let go. Leaning on a four-seam fastball that reaches the high 90s, he retired the first 11 batters he faced and gave up just two runs on four hits over seven innings. He fanned six without allowing a walk, in the process leading cheap mlb jerseys the Orioles to a 6-2 victory and their seventh win in eight games.

Perhaps even more importantly, he gave the Birds’ beleaguered pitching staff a much-needed boost. Consider their litany of recent rotation woes: Starter Chris Tillman Jerseys, who sprained his ankle Wednesday covering first base, is likely to miss his next start. On Thursday, Miguel Gonzalez Jerseys gave up 10 hits in just 3 1/3 innings, and on Friday, Wei-Yin Chen did the same thing (3 1/3 IP, 10 hits). It marked the first time in Orioles history that two starters had given up that many hits in so few innings in consecutive games. As if that weren’t bad enough, Mike Wright Jerseys, who was called up from Triple-A Norfolk as insurance for Tillman, was used in relief of Chen and sustained a strained calf; he’s now on the 15-day disabled list.

In other words, the pressure was on Gausman to give the Orioles some serious innings. Not that he let it get to him.

“Kevin’s been on some big stages,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of the former first-rounder out of LSU, who pitched out of the bullpen in three playoff games for Baltimore last year wholesale jerseys. “But when you have really good stuff, you’re confident.”

That confidence has been buoyed by Gausman’s recent commitment to elevating his fastball.

“When I first came up, I was really scared to give up home runs,” said Gausman, standing in front of his locker after Saturday’s win. “Everyone tells you how small the park is here. I stayed away from guys instead of being aggressive. That got me in some trouble.”

At spring training this year, pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti sat Gausman down and told him that he needed to start challenging hitters. Specifically, they suggested that instead of trying to stay down, which he did the overwhelming majority of the time, he should embrace his riding four-seamer cheap jerseys and throw it up in the strike zone more often.

So far, the results speak for themselves. According to ESPN Stats & Info., last year Gausman threw his fastball in the upper half of the zone only about a third of the time. This year, it’s closer to half. In 2014, opposing batters had a .710 OPS off Gausman on fastballs in the lower half of the zone. This season, he’s allowing an even gaudier .843 OPS on low heaters. But on fastballs in the upper half of the zone, that number plummets to .538.

On Saturday against Detroit, Gausman threw an eye-popping 84 fastballs. On the 43 that were located in the upper half of the zone, he recorded 10 of his 21 outs and didn’t allow a hit.

“He was great,” said catcher Caleb Joseph Jerseys, who contributed two hits and three RBIs to the cause, including a fourth-inning home run. “He really dominated with the fastball. That’s the kind of starting pitching we need to make a run.”

In case you haven’t noticed, that’s exactly what the Orioles are doing.

5 Deadline deals that make sense

For a period there, a silly thought popped in the heads of some. With so few deals being done, a slew of you pictured a summer without significant player traffic.

But then the Astros opened the Trade Deadline doors with a deal for Scott Kazmir Jerseys. And before you fully processed that one, Aramis Ramirez was on his way to Pittsburgh. Then Johnny Cueto to the Royals happened. Congrats, Kansas City. You got yourselves an ace.

Think the wheeling and dealing is complete? Nope. In fact, the fun may have just begun. We could see a few more studs exchanged in the next few days. The following five moves would make sense, so don’t be surprised if they go down as described below.

1. Cole Hamels to the Dodgers
Looking back to Spring Training, I suggested that the Phillies and Dodgers could be fits for a deal involving Hamels. And through this point in the campaign, nothing has happened to change my mind on that front.

In fact, the suggestion would seem to make even more sense now in light of Los Angeles’ rotation injury woes. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy are out for the year, and health questions will always surround the talented but oft-sidelined Brett Anderson Jerseys.

As his season-to-date 3.64 ERA suggests, Hamels is not the favorite for the 2015 National League Cy Young Award. He has, however, displayed brilliance at times.

The prospect of acquiring Hamels is an even more appealing fantasy to franchises seeking more than a summer’s rental, as the left-hander could be under control through 2019.

What it would take: The Dodgers have called top prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias untouchable, but one of the two would need to be included to complete this deal.

2. Carlos Gomez Jerseys to the Angels
How about those Angels? Hot since early May, they might just be the American League’s most well-rounded squad. Still, the club could stand to improve its left-field production, which has sagged for most of the season.

Enter the electric Gomez, the owner of an impressive power-speed display. And having also played Gold Glove-caliber defense in center, the 29-year-old would likely shift over to left to help form one of baseball’s most dazzling outfield units. The Angels traded for Shane Victorino Jerseys on Monday night, but he didn’t cost much (Josh Rutledge) and is more there for depth. Gomez would take the club to a new level.

What it would take: If that did not sell you on Gomez, then also consider his team-friendly $9 million salary for 2016. For a team such as the Halos — who reportedly prefer longer-term assets to summer cheap mlb jerseys rentals — Gomez would seem to be an attractive target.

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But since the Brewers also know what they have in Gomez, the asking price would not be cheap. Think the club’s No. 1 prospect, left-hander Sean Newcomb.

3. Aroldis Chapman Jerseys to the Nationals
The Nationals have had a solid bullpen for much of the season, albeit one that looks much different than the 2014 version. If you remember, Washington’s 2014 relief corps included three arms — Drew Storen Jerseys, Rafael Soriano and Tyler Clippard Jerseys — with 30-save seasons on their resumes.

But fast forward to the current group, led by Storen yet filled out with less-proven names. It has 12 blown saves on the season; not an outrageous figure, but on the top half of a leaderboard that a World Series-aspiring club would care to avoid.

Not short on starters with strikeout ability, the Nats would reach a new level by acquiring the Reds’ fireballing fireman and current destroyer of the Statcast™ leaderboard page.

What it would take: Due to Chapman’s triple-digit talent and longer-term controllability — he’s not eligible for free agency until 2017 — the left-handed Cuban would require an acquiring club to accept a real prospect hit.

If this deal were to get done, don’t be surprised to see either A.J. Cole (the Nationals’ No. 2 prospect) or Reynaldo Lopez (No. 5) on his way to Cincinnati.

4. Gerardo Parra Jerseys to the Cubs
The Cubs have done well to stockpile young talent, and team leadership has shown no desire to mortgage the future for the present. With that said, Milwaukee’s Parra could give Chicago’s North Side club a boost on offense and defense for a reasonable cost.

With a Gold Glove Award in left field as well as right, Parra has long been recognized for his defensive prowess. In fact, he has the ability to track to fly balls from all three outfield spots.

But Parra’s reputation as wholesale jerseys a glove-first guy notwithstanding, the left-handed batter is in the midst of a career offensive year. The type of player loved by Cubs manager Joe Maddon, Parra is quite adept against right-handed pitching. With the benefit of this strength, he could serve as solid outfield depth and, perhaps, the strong side of a center-field platoon with Dexter Fowler Jerseys, a switch-hitter who has fared much better from the right side in his career.

What it would take: Parra would cost more on today’s trade market than he did last summer, when he was acquired by Milwaukee from Arizona in exchange for two low-level prospects. But the increased price tag could still be palatable for the Cubs, who have a deeper prospect well than most. I would not be surprised to see a Parra trade that included some combination of farmhands Jake Stinnett — the team’s 10th-best prospect, per MLBPipeline.com — Carson Sands (11th) or Justin Steele (14th).

5. Mike Fiers, Francisco Rodriguez Jerseys to the Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have been one of the most aggressive teams in terms of trying to make a move at the Deadline, but so far, they have come up empty. Last winter, GM Alex Anthopoulous made a below-the-radar deal for starter Marco Estrada Jerseys that has worked well for them, as Estrada has helped fill a big gap in the rotation, pitching to a 3.55 ERA.

Instead of making a “splash,” Anthopoulous would be well served to make a similar kind of deal for Fiers and K-Rod.

What it would take: A package cheap jerseys leading with lefty Daniel Norris would be enough, and the Brewers would benefit from the fact that Fiers is under control for four more years after this one and Rodriguez for another season. Fiers is homer-prone, but he is whiffing a man per inning, and K-Rod has continued to be remarkably reliable.