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01.04.2019 05:57
MIAMI (AP) — The Yankees blew a two-run lead Antworten , committed three errors, struck out 11 times and lost Wednesday night to the last-place Marlins.Bring on Baltimore.Lance Lynn gave up five runs in the sixth inning, and New York’s four-game winning streak ended with a sloppy 9-3 defeat.Trailing first-place Boston by nine games in the AL East, the Yankees can’t afford losses to last-place teams, and manager Aaron Boone knows it. After a day off New York will begin a four-game series at Baltimore, which has the worst record in baseball.“We didn’t do a lot great down here,” Boone said. “We’ve got to get after it starting Friday. Obviously these are important. We’ve got to play better than we did tonight. We’re getting into that crunch time.”The loss came hours after All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman went on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis. He joined three injured regulars on the Yankees’ disabled list, and the offense looked depleted as New York split the two-game series.The Yankees totaled 10 hits in the final 17 innings against Miami.Giancarlo Stanton, playing in Miami for the first time since the Marlins traded him last November, went 1 for 3 with an RBI and finished 3 for 9 in the series. He remained at 299 career homers.Lynn (8-9) had a 2-0 lead in the sixth, but Miguel Rojas‘ three-run homer put the Marlins ahead to stay.“A couple of infield hits, and then a home run,” Lynn said. “I made one bad pitch, and it costs you three runs.”What made his fastball to Rojas a bad pitch?“It went over the fence,” Lynn said.The homer was the 10th for Rojas, who had never hit more than one in a season before this year.Attendance was 25,547, including lots of Yankees fans, and many of them had departed by the time Miami’s J.T. Riddle delivered a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth.Neil Walker drove in two runs for New York with a double and a sacrifice fly, and Stanton had an RBI infield hit in the seventh.Miami’s Trevor Richards allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings and struck out nine. Jarlin Garcia (2-2) retired both batters he faced.Lynn was charged with five runs for the second game in a row. He worked 5 1/3 innings.BRAIN CRAMPA mental lapse cost the Yankees in the seventh. When Miami’s Brian Anderson tried to steal second and Starlin Castro took ball four, catcher Austin Romine made a needless and wild throw to second. That allowed Anderson to advance to third Larry Doby Jersey , and he scored an unearned run on a groundout.SLUMPYankees first baseman Greg Bird went 0 for 10 in the series, dropping his batting average to .202.“It’s not fun going out and not performing,” he said. “You’ve just got to keep going in anything, in life. That’s what I fall back on.”FAMILY MOTIVATIONRojas’ mother, sister and grandfather, who all live in his native Venezuela, attended the game.“They don’t spend that much time with me here in the States,” he said, “but when they come here I try to play with a little more intensity, because I want them to enjoy their time here.”TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: RHP David Robertson, who has been nursing a tender shoulder, said he was available to pitch.UP NEXTYankees: LHP CC Sabathia (7-4, 3.32 ERA) is scheduled to start for the first time since Aug. 12 at Baltimore on Friday. Sabathia has been sidelined with right knee inflammation. The Yankees are only 6-6 this year against the Orioles.Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez (2-6, 5.08) is scheduled to start Thursday when Miami opens a four-game series at home against first-place Atlanta. It was a rough weekend for playoff hopefuls.TheBoston Red Sox(vs. HOU),Chicago Cubs(vs. WAS),St. Louis Cardinals(vs. DET),Colorado Rockies(vs. LAD),Seattle Mariners(vs. NYY),Arizona Diamondbacks(vs. ATL) andPhiladelphia Phillies(vs. NYM) all lost their weekend series.The Red Sox and Cubs are still locks for a postseason berth, but for those other five teams, every win counts, and the Cardinals and Phillies fell to teams well off the contention pace.The Phillies (16.8 percent) Bob Feller Jersey , D-backs (12.9 percent) and Mariners (0.8 percent) have all seen their postseason hopes fade to long-shot status, according to the latest odds from FanGraphs, and they'll have to get red-hot the rest of the way to shift that narrative.As for teams losing both of their series last week, the Cubs and Phillies were joined by theSan Francisco Giants(0-6),Texas Rangers(1-5),Chicago White Sox(1-5),Kansas City Royals(2-4) andBaltimore Orioles(1-5).That said, for those teams that are already out of the playoff hunt, this time of year is less about wins and losses and more about assessing in-house talent and looking ahead to next season. Anything they can do to play spoiler is simply a bonus.MVPs of the WeekHitter:DH Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles AngelsStats:9-for-19, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 2 SBIt was a tough week for Shohei Ohtani the pitcher.The Angels rookie phenom made his triumphant return to the mound on Sept. 2 but found himself in the MRI room on Wednesday when it was revealed that he will, in fact, need Tommy John surgery after all."Shohei got some very disappointing news the other day," manager Mike Sciosciatold reporters. "He's got some big decisions coming up when we get back to southern California. But he wants to play baseball. He goes out there, and he's excited to be in there and be able to swing the bat. He's playing very well."Indeed, it was an excellent week for Shohei Ohtani the hitter.On the same day he learned his season on the mound was over , he went 4-for-4 with two home runs at the plate in a 9-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.The following day, he hit a three-run shot against the Chicago White Sox for his 19th homer of the season, setting the single-season record for a Japanese rookie in the process. The previous mark was set by Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima in 2006.Ohtani will play out the remainder of the season as a designated hitter before making a final decision on Tommy John surgery. Can he do enough offensively to make a compelling case for AL Rookie of the Year over the season's final month? Pitcher:SP Jorge Lopez, Kansas City RoyalsStats:1 GS, W, 8.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 KBright spots have been few and far between for the Kansas City Royals this season.Rookie Jorge Lopez taking a perfect game into the ninth inning last week was one of the few.Lopez, 25, was traded to the Royals along with outfielder Brett Phillips at the deadline in exchange for third baseman Mike Moustakas.The right-hander was ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Milwaukee system and the No. 59 prospect in baseball at the start of the 2016 season, according toBaseball America, but he was never able to break through with the Brewers.Now he'll be given every chance to carve out a long-term role with the rebuilding Royals. In five starts since the trade, he's gone 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.He's now twirled back-to-back quality starts, as he threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Baltimore Orioles in his previous start before coming three outs from making history on Saturday.Video Highlights of the WeekLongest Home Run: Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies(505 feet)It's time to start talking about Trevor Story as a dark-horse candidate for NL MVP honors.After leading the NL with 191 strikeouts last season while hitting a disappointing .239/.308/.457, it looked like he might have a hard time holding off top prospect Brendan Rodgers for the starting shortstop gig.Instead, he's been one of the breakout stars of 2018.The 25-year-old is hitting .293/.348/.555 with 39 doubles, 31 home runs, 95 RBI Joe Carter Jersey , 77 runs scored and 25 stolen bases, and his 4.8 WAR is tied with teammate Nolan Arenado for seventh among NL position players.His 31 long balls already represent a career high, and that total was bolstered by a three-homer game on Wednesday against the Giants.The second of his three blasts traveled an eye-popping 505 feet鈥攏ot only the longest home run of the season, but the longest since Statcast began tracking home run distance at the start of the 2015 season.All told, he hit a staggering 1,380 feet worth of home runs on Wednesday, and it was just the latest breakout moment for one of the game's newest stars. Best Defensive Play:Dansby Swanson, Atlanta BravesWhile Dansby Swanson is still developing offensively, his defense at the shortstop position has been an integral part of the Atlanta Braves' success this season.That's not to say the former No. 1 overall pick has not taken a step forward offensively, as he's raised his OPS+ from 68 to 93while hitting .246/.304/.411 with 23 doubles, 14 home runs and 55 RBI.It's his glove that has really stood out, though.Swanson has racked up 10 DRS with a 4.8 UZR/150, and that's played a major role in his 2.7 WAR.When it comes to naming the defensive play of the week, the situation means as much as the highlight, and this play up the middle by Swanson came in the 10th inning and effectively sealed the win for the Braves."Get there at all costs," Swanson told reporters of his mindset on the play. "Especially in that situation, even if you knock it down, that's a win. You want to keep it in the infield. And I was able to glove it cleanly ... I don't think anyone anticipated that I'd be able to catch it and make a throw like that, so I think that was the right play on both sides, offensively and defensively. We were just able to make it happen." Must-See Upcoming MatchupMilwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs (Monday-Wednesday)Kyle HendricksJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe Brewers gained three games on the Cubs last week, and now the two teams perched atop the NL Central standings will meet for three crucial September games at Wrigley Field.The Cubs lead the season series 10-6, but the Brewers are 5-3 since suffering a four-game sweep at the end of April , including taking two of three just last week at Miller Park.Jon Lester (5 GS, 3-1, 3.95 ERA), Jose Quintana (5 GS, 2-1, 3.58 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (6 GS, 3-1, 2.43 ERA) have all pitched well over the past month, and they'll toe the rubber for the Cubs.The Brewers will counter with veterans Wade Miley (5 GS, 1-1, 2.15 ERA) and Jhoulys Chacin (5 GS, 3-2, 2.10 ERA), who are also pitching well for the first two games, while Chase Anderson (5 GS, 2-0, 4.68 ERA) takes the ball in the finale.This will be the last time these two teams meet during the regular season, so expect a playoff atmosphere on the North Side. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.

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