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11-06-2018, 11:49 PM,
It’s just a matter of executing pitches
CLEVELAND — The American League Central champion Cleveland Indians will host the AL East champion Boston Red Sox on Sunday night in the finale of a three-game series between clubs that could meet in the AL Championship Series.Cleveland will likely play Houston in the Division Series Authentic Bradley Chubb Jersey , and the Red Sox will play the winner of the wild-card game in the other Division Series. The Indians and Red Sox have split their first six games this season.Sunday’s game will feature starting pitchers who are not in either team’s rotation, but are making spot starts.Article continues below ...Cleveland sends out Adam Plutko, who has only started 11 games this year. Boston’s starter will be Hector Velazquez, who will make his eighth start of the year.Plutko (4-5, 5.27 ERA), is 4-5 with a 5.37 ERA in his 11 starts. In four relief appearances, he has a 4.50 ERA and no record.His last start was a no-decision on Sept. 8 against Toronto, a game the Indians won 9-8. Plutko pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs and nine hits, with four strikeouts and no walks.Plutko’s last appearance was as a reliever Sept. 16 against Detroit in which he pitched one scoreless inning on two hits, with one strikeout and no walks.Plutko has one career appearance against the Red Sox. It came Aug. 23, a 7-0 loss in Boston. He pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, five hits and five walks with four strikeouts. He hasn’t won a game since June 24. In nine appearances (six starts) since, he is 0-4 with a 5.77 ERA.When Indians manager Terry Francona has to go to his bullpen Sunday, he’ll call on a unit that was a disaster in the first two months of the season , but has been much better of late. The turnaround started when veteran left-hander Oliver Perez was signed as a free agent after the Yankees released him June 1.Perez made his debut with the Indians on June 2. In 49 appearances, he is 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA. In 31 innings, he has allowed 14 hits, with 41 strikeouts and six walks while holding opposing hitters to a .136 batting average. Left-handed hitters are hitting .180 against him, right-handers .071. He has allowed only 7.3 percent of his inherited runners to score (3 of 41), the best mark in the American League.“He’s been so good, he’s changed our bullpen,” Francona said. “He’s pitching with a ton of confidence.”Francona appreciates the stability that Perez has brought to the bullpen.“Bullpens are so volatile. Guys get on runs. You see it every year. It’s so up and down,” he said.Velazquez is 7-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 44 appearances (seven starts). As a starter, he is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA. In 37 relief appearances he is 5-0 with a 2.75 ERA.Velazquez’s last start came Sept. 5 when he had no decision in a 9-8 Boston victory over Atlanta. In that game, he pitched four innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with two strikeouts and three walks.Velazquez’s last appearance came in the first game of this series Friday night, when he pitched one-third of an inning, allowing no runs and one hit. That is Velazquez’s only career appearances against Cleveland. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yovani Gallardo and Joey Gallo both remain on a roll for the Texas Rangers.Gallo homered twice and drove in four runs Womens Bradley Chubb Jersey , Gallardo won his fourth straight start and the Rangers held off the Seattle Mariners 11-7 on Wednesday.Gallardo (7-1) leads the majors with seven wins since June 23. He allowed three hits, two runs and three walks while striking out two in six innings.Through being released by Cincinnati in April, and then pitching at Triple-A Round Rock for more than two months, Gallardo said, “I’m the same guy, same person I’ve been throughout my career.”Rangers manager Jeff Banister agreed with Gallardo’s comments.“That’s who he is. He’s very similar to what we saw when he was here previously. He knows how to pitch in winning situations.”In 2015, Gallardo’s only other season with Texas, he was 13-11.Gallo also has been on a roll, with 10 of his 31 homers in his past 19 games. He went 3 for 5 to raise his batting average above .200 for the first time since June 16.Gallo’s homers against Seattle starter Marco Gonzales gave him 12 against left-handers this season, the most by a Texas left-handed batter since Rafael Palmeiro hit 15 in 2003.“I’ve always hit left-handers pretty good. I don’t really mind the lefties. My dad was lefty throwing to me when I was younger, so maybe that helped me.”Banister saw something else.“I think he’s calmer in the batter’s box.”Gonzales (12-7) gave up career highs of 12 hits and seven runs in five innings. He has lost two games in a row after a career-best five-game winning streak.“They were on him,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “You have to give them credit, they’ve been swinging the bat very well.”Seattle used five singles to score four runs in the seventh to pull within 7-6, but the Rangers answered with four runs to pull away.Mike Zunino hit two homers for the Mariners.The Rangers have supported Gallardo’s starts with 10.48 runs per inning. Their season-high 19 hits included 11 extra-base hits. Those were the most Texas extra-base hits and doubles (eight) in a game since 2011.Seattle led only in the first inning. With one out, Jean Segura walked, went to second base on Gallardo’s wild pitch and scored on Mitch Haniger’s single to center field.“That first inning went a little bit longer than I expected to Authentic Phillip Lindsay Jersey ,” Gallardo said. “The second inning I was able to get some early contact. Just getting weak contact.”The Rangers came back for a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: 1B Ryon Healy (heat-related illness) and RHP Sam Tuivailala (strained right Achilles tendon) left the game. Manager Scott Servais said Tuivailala is likely to go on the disabled list. . RHP Erasmo Ramirez (strained shoulder muscle) is scheduled for a fifth injury rehab start, with Triple-A Tacoma. Ramirez has been on the disabled list since May 1. … RHPs Dan Altavilla (sprained elbow) and LHP Roenis Elias (strained triceps) will go on rehab assignments “real soon,” Servais said.Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara (sprained right thumb) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.BY THE NUMBERSRangers shortstop Elvis Andrus doubled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, tying Cleveland’s Michael Brantley for the major league season high.MORE COLONOn Tuesday, on his sixth try, Texas RHP Bartolo Colon reached a goal of 246 wins to become the winningest MLB pitcher born in Latin America. According to manager Jeff Banister, Colon will not be taking it easy. “We’re still in the same rotation as before (Tuesday’s) game. Colon is tied for 50th among all pitchers, with five of those ahead of him foreign-born. Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven, born in the Netherlands, holds the record for wins by a non-American-born pitcher with 287.UP NEXTMariners: Head to Houston on Thursday night, with LHP James Paxton (9-5, 3.51 ERA) opposing Astros RHP Justin Verlander (11-6, 2.19).Rangers: Travel to New York with rookie RHP Ariel Jurado (2-1, 4.02) against Yankees LHP J.A. Happ (11-6, 4.05).
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