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DENVER — Rockies rookie Kyle Freeland established himself Sunday as king of the hill at Coors Field — his hometown ballpark.

Freeland held the White Sox hitless until Melky Cabrera’s single with one out in the ninth inning while lifting the Rockies to a much-needed 10-0 victory over the White Sox as the Rockies won the final series before the All-Star break.

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Freeland, 24, who grew up in Denver, went to Thomas Jefferson High School and was the team’s top pick in the 2014 MLB Draft out of the University of Evansville. He struck out nine and dictated nine groundouts. Cabrera’s hit, a liner over the glove of leaping third baseman Nolan Arenado, came on his Custom Saints Jersey 126th and final pitch. He doffed his cap as a crowd of 36,541 roared.

“Around the fifth or sixth inning was when I realized I was really settling into my groove,” Freeland said. “I’m throwing well, my team’s playing well, we’ve got a lead. Just go out there, pitch to contact, get quick outs and get back in.”

The 8 1/3 hitless innings, before Jordan Lyles finished up, was the longest no-hit bid for a Rockies pitcher at Coors. The only Rockies pitcher to take a no-hitter longer was Ubaldo Jimenez, who completed his at Atlanta on April 17, 2010. The only pitcher to take a no-hit bid longer at Coors was the Dodgers’ Hideo Nomo, who finished his no-no on Sept. 17, 1996.

“He pitched inside extremely well, both in off the plate and for strikes,” said Rockies manager Bud Black, who watched Freeland put an 0-3, 7.27 ERA slump in his previous three starts behind him. “His slider/cutter was much better than Personalized Saints Jersey it’s been the last four starts. The fastball away had great action.”

The Rockies got home runs from Charlie Blackmon and Pat Valaika, who finished with a career-high five RBIs. They go into the All-Star break in the second National League Wild Card position. But Sunday’s Freeland-powered win was just their fifth in the last 18 games.

Cabrera, who connected on a fastball inside for the White Sox’s lone hit, said in Spanish, with teammate Omar Navarez interpreting Personalized Jets Jersey, “I wasn’t thinking about anything else — just to get a good pitch to hit.”

The biggest defensive play of the near-no-no came to lead off the eighth, when left fielder Gerardo Parra — who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs offensively — rushed forward and dived to snag Yolmer Sanchez’s line drive. Freeland finished the frame with a filthy 92-mph cutter to freeze Willy Garcia for a strikeout.

White Sox starter Carlos Rodon gave up six runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Blackmon’s homer was just the third Rodon had yielded to a left-handed hitter in his career. The others were to the Red Sox’s David Ortiz and the Mariners’ Robinson Cano.

Seventh heaven: Freeland worked around his first jam in the seventh Custom Saints Jersey after sitting through the Rockies’ 26-minute, 5-run sixth inning. The rookie walked Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier to open the seventh inning. All-Star Avisail Garcia then grounded into a double play and Tim Anderson, Saturday night’s hero, flied out to end the inning. Ground balls are Freeland’s forte, as he entered Sunday with a 56.6 ground-ball percentage, good for fifth in the Majors.

“We weren’t really able to do anything, string anything together,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “We had a couple of guys on through a walk or a hit by pitch. We had a few line drives, but other than that, really not a whole lot.”

Not getting caught in the squeeze: Freeland’s most stress Joe Carter Jersey came in the sixth. Thinking he had a strikeout on a 2-2 slider to inning leadoff man Narvaez, Freeland visibly reacted when plate ump Greg Gibson’s call didn’t go his way. Narvaez took a walk on the next pitch, moved to second on Rodon’s sacrifice bunt, and then to third on Adam Engel’s grounder. But Freeland escaped by forcing a Cabrera fly to center.

“I thought I had it, I think [catcher Ryan Hanigan] thought we had it, but you’re going to get those calls,” Freeland said. “You’re going to get balls you think are out of the zone, and it goes the other way sometimes. Take that, throw it away and move on.”

Freeland was born May 14, 1993, in a Denver hospital — 29 days after the inaugural game in Rockies history.

Rodon appeared to have settled in after allowing two runs in the second inning, but he got a rude awakening in the sixth as Blackmon, who will participate in Monday’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), launched a fastball a Statcast-projected 477 feet into right-center field to make it 3-0 Rockies. It was Blackmon’s longest home run since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015, and the longest by a Rockies player this season. It was the third-longest by any Rockies player since the introduction of Statcast™, and was tied for the third-longest by a left-handed hitter off a left-handed pitcher since 2015.

“I went down and in, it was 1-0, and that’s his spot right there,” Rodon said. “He hit the ball 470 feet. He just got it. He’s a good hitter.”

“I threw a no-hitter against George Washington High School. We 10-runned them, so it was a five-inning no-hitter.” — Freeland, recalling his only previous no-hitter, while in high school

White Sox: The White Sox will send Garcia to his first career All-Star appearance before opening the second half of their season Friday against James Paxton and the Seattle Mariners at Guaranteed Rate Field. First pitch of the three-game series is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT.

Rockies: Four Rockies will travel to Miami for Tuesday’s All-Star Game presented by Mastercard — Arenado, Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Greg Holland. The Rockies open the second half in New York vs. the Mets on Friday at 5:10 p.m. MT. Jon Gray (2-0, 3.75 ERA) will make his third start since coming off the disabled list with a foot injury.

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White Sox Kopech fans Moncada in Futures Game

MIAMI — Michael Kopech got his wish. A few hours before Sunday’s SiriusXM Futures Game began, the hard-throwing pitcher said he wanted to take on fellow White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada. It would be a chance to pit Kopech’s high-octane fastball against Moncada’s potent bat.

“If I strike him out,” Kopech said, “I’m going to talk to him about it after the game.”

They can now have that conversation.

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The stars aligned in the third inning of the United States’ 7-6 victory over the World team at Marlins Park in the 19th Futures Game. Kopech breezed through the first two World hitters that he faced and was then tasked with taking on Moncada, who is not only Chicago’s No. 1 prospect, but the No. 1 prospect in baseball, per

Kopech and Moncada — acquired from the Red Sox in December as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Chris Sale to Boston — are key parts of the future core for the White Sox. With Chicago catching prospect Zack Collins (No. 7 on the team’s Top 30 prospects list) also on the U.S. roster, the White Sox were one of four teams to have three players in the annual showcase event.Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 29 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey.

“That’s something that makes you feel proud,” Moncada said through an intepreter. “You have three guys here that are trying to do their best, not just for us, but also for the organization, just to represent the organization in a good way.”

In the third inning, Kopech represented the White Sox with a powerful display.Men’s Nike Custom Made New Orleans Saints Elite Black Team Color NFL Jersey Sale.

The 21-year-old righty started off with a slider, which tailed low and inside Custom Jets Jersey to Moncada, who danced out of the way of the dirt-bound pitch. From there, Kopech challenged the White Sox second baseman with only fastballs. The first one buzzed in at 99 mph, and Moncada swung through it for strike one. Next, Kopech fired a 100 mph fastball low and away — on the corner for a called second strike.

The knockout punch came courtesy of a 101-mph four-seamer, which was elevated away, but enticing enough to generate another swing and miss from Moncada. Kopech spun around on the mound, hiding his reaction from Moncada, who walked back to the first-base dugout.

“I never thought I’d be able to get a fastball by him,” Kopech said with a smile. “So, to be able to do that was exciting. … I’m going to go talk to him here in a minute and give him a little crap for it. We’ll see how it goes.”

Kopech’s strikeout pitch clocked in at 100.7 mph, specifically, according to Statcast™. For perspective, there have been only six Major League pitchers this season to record a swinging strikeout with a pitch of 100.7 mph or faster. That short list includes Aroldis Chapman, Edwin Diaz, Joe Kelly,
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Felipe Rivero, Trevor Rosenthal and Enny Romero.

Moncada, 22, has hit .282 with 11 Joe Carter Throwback Jersey home runs, 16 steals, 23 extra-base hits, 33 RBIs, 54 runs and an .831 OPS in 73 games this season for Triple-A Charlotte. He missed some time in May with a left thumb injury, but said he is fully recovered from that issue. Moncada added that he is trying not to think too much about a potential promotion to Chicago.

“This is a process,”said Moncada, who went 0-for-2 in the Futures Game. “I’m Joe Carter Jersey just getting ready for when the team decides to make that call. I will be ready for that call. I feel ready.”

Through 16 starts for Double-A Birmingham this season, Kopech has piled up 101 strikeouts against 53 walks in 78 1/3 innings, posting a 4.02 ERA. The righty is Chicago’s No. 2 prospect, as well as the 11th-ranked prospect in all of baseball. Kopech said he was thrilled to be included in the Futures Personalized Saints Jersey Game, especially because it gives him a glimpse of his ultimate goal.

“We all get to kind of experience big league lifestyle for a day,” Kopech said. “That’s all we really want to experience out of this, is kind of get a taste of the big leagues. It kind of makes us a little more hungry for the real thing.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Home Run Derby 2017 Personalized Jets Jersey FAQs

For one night, on one stage, in an Personalized Jets Jersey event that showcases a signature skill, the sport without a clock embraces the entertainment of a ticking timer and the buzz of the occasional buzzer beater. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby has featured many rules iterations in its 32 years of existence, but the decision in 2015 to do away with the “outs” and subject the sluggers to a time limit added a new — and needed — energy to the event.Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 29 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey.

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That energy is palpable tonight at Miami’s Marlins Park, where the Derby, broadcast on ESPN, features Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Mike Moustakas, Miguel Sano, Charlie Blackmon, Justin Bour and Gary Sanchez. Custom Jets Jersey ESPN’s broadcast is simulcast on

Stanton, the defending Derby champ, and his predecessor, Todd Frazier, validated the tweaked Derby format with truly memorable performances at Petco Park and Great American Ball Park, respectively. As a result, the same format will be used this year.Men’s Nike Custom Made New Orleans Saints Elite Black Team Color NFL Jersey Sale.

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So here is a refresher on the format that is in place tonight:

How are the seeds decided?
For starters, Stanton was given the No. 1 seed by virtue of his win a year ago. From there, seeds were determined by 2017 home run totals entering Wednesday’s play. Tiebreakers were determined by home run totals since June 15, as stipulated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Entering play on Wednesday, that put Judge (28 homers) at No. 2, Bellinger (24) at No. 3, Moustakas (24) at No. 4, Sano (20) at No. 5, Blackmon (18) at No. 6, Bour (18) at No. 7 and Sanchez (13) at No. 8. From June 15 until Wednesday, Bellinger had seven homers to Moustakas’ two, while Blackmon had three to Bour’s two. Moustakas hit his 25th home run after the deadline for Derby seeding.

What is the format?
It’s a single-elimination bracket system with three rounds total. In each bracket, the Custom Jets Jersey higher seed hits second. In the first round, Stanton faces Sanchez, Judge faces Bour, Bellinger faces Blackmon and Moustakas faces Sano.

Batters will have four minutes per round. The clock starts with the release of the first pitch. Interestingly, when the new format was created in 2015, batters were supposed to have five minutes per round. With rain in the forecast in Cincinnati that night, the decision was made to shorten the rounds to four minutes. The event went so well that MLB opted to keep the four-minute rounds in effect.

It should be noted that once the second player in a given round exceeds the home run total of his opponent, the round ends. There is no need for a player to add to his tally.

After the first round, the winner of the Stanton-Sanchez matchup will meet the winner of Moustakas-Sano. On the other side of the bracket, the Judge-Bour winner faces the Bellinger-Blackmon winner. The two players left standing will meet in the final round.

Can players stop the clock?
Yes. In the first round and semifinals, each batter is entitled to one 45-second timeout. In the finals, each batter gets two timeouts — one for 45 seconds and another for 30 seconds.

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In the 2015 semifinals against Josh Donaldson, Frazier took his timeout Joe Carter Jersey with one minute, 49 seconds remaining in the round while trailing, 9-6. He regrouped and wound up tying Donaldson with less than 10 seconds left before drilling a 444-foot blast just as time expired to advance to the finals against Joc Pederson.

The timeout wound up working against Frazier a year later, because after Stanton hit just six homers in the first 1:35 of the finals, he took a timeout, then pounded out 14 more following the breather to take the title away from the Toddfather.
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Can participants earn bonus time?
Yes, 30 seconds of bonus time will be awarded for hitting at least two home runs that each equal or exceed 440 feet. Distances will be tracked and posted using Statcast™. Any bonus time will be awarded at the end of the initial four-minute round and the timer will not stop during the bonus time period.

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Frazier’s earned bonus time was the difference-maker in the 2015 finals. He had tied Pederson just before his “regulation” time expired, then teed off on the Derby-winning homer in his first swing of bonus time.

How are ties broken?
Ties in any round will be broken by a 60-second swing-off with no stoppage of time or additional time added. If a tie remains after the swing-off, batters Custom Saints Jersey will engage in successive three-swing swing-offs until there is a winner.

There has not yet been a Personalized Saints Jersey swing-off under the format installed in 2015.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Melky Cabrera breaks up Custom Saints Jersey Freeland’s no-hit bid

DENVER — Melky Cabrera’s single to left off Colorado starter Kyle Freeland with one out in the ninth inning Sunday afternoon at Coors Field certainly didn’t affect the outcome of a 10-0 Rockies victory over the White Sox to Personalized Saints Jersey close out the first half of the 2017 season.

So why was there such a momentary raucous reaction from the White Sox dugout when Cabrera connected on a 2-2 four-seam fastball slightly up and out of the zone? That single over the head of third baseman Nolan Arenado also happened to stand as the White Sox first and lone hit of the contest.Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 29 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey.

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“We would never like that,” said Cabrera through interpreter and catcher Omar Narvaez about being no-hit. “Thank God, I could get the base hit.”

“Exciting on our end,” White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said. “It’s all cheers for him. He pitched a heck of a game. Congrats to him.”Men’s Nike Custom Made New Orleans Saints Elite Black Team Color NFL Jersey Sale.

Prior to Cabrera’s solid connection, the closest thing to a White Sox hit came from Yolmer Sanchez’s blooper to left field leading off the eighth. Left fielder Gerardo Parra got a good jump on the ball, which hung up for a bit, and Parra made a diving catch for the inning’s first out.

Parra pumped his fist in celebration Joe Carter Throwback Jersey. The Rockies’ crowd put forth a reaction usually reserved for postseason moments. Narvaez and Willy Garcia struck out to end the frame, putting the White Sox three outs from the 14th no-hitter thrown against them and the first since Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano on May 3, 2011.Youth Nike Custom Made New York Jets Elite Green Team Color NFL Jersey Sale.

“I thought I had a little bit of a chance for the ball to fall,” Sanchez said. “At this ballpark, it’s big. But Parra made a good play. [Freeland] controlled his pitches. He controlled the zone. It was his day today. Sometimes the pitcher comes with his best day.”

“It was all Joe Carter Jersey Freeland today,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “It seemed like he pulled up some energy at the end and grinded it out. We weren’t really able to do anything, string anything together. We had a couple of guys on through a walk or a hit by pitch. We had a few line drives, but other than that, really not a whole lot.”

Jose Abreu was hit by a Freeland pitch, and Abreu, Todd Frazier and Narvaez drew walks off the rookie. That bat work and Cabrera’s single summed up a rough conclusion to the first half for the 38-49 White Sox.

The no-hitter became noticeable to the White Sox in the fifth or sixth, per Sanchez. History was avoided thanks to Cabrera, who couldn’t remember breaking up a no-hitter this late in a game.

“You have to give a lot of credit to the pitcher Custom Saints Jersey,” Cabrera said. “He was locating everything. I wasn’t thinking about anything else — just to get a good pitch to hit.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was Personalized Jets Jersey not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox Zack Joe Carter Throwback Jersey Collins motivated by defense

CHICAGO — The phrase “polished offensive skills” was attached to Zack Collins when the White Sox selected the left-handed hitter 10th overall in Joe Carter Throwback Jersey the 2016 MLB Draft.

So the current catcher for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem, who will join fellow White Personalized Jets Jersey Sox prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures game on Sunday at Marlins Park in Miami, isn’t worried about Custom Jets Jersey a lower-than-expected batting average in his first full Minor League season. Not when his catching and defensive skills have shown marked improvement.Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 29 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey.

“My main goal was to make a lot of improvements catching behind the plate,” said Collins during a Thursday afternoon conference call. “I’ve done that so far. The hitting will come around. I’m not too worried about that. It’s been a great year so far.”Men’s Nike Custom Made New Orleans Saints Elite Black Team Color NFL Jersey Sale.

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Collins, 22, has thrown out 35 would-be basestealers in 2017, with a caught-stealing percentage slightly above 40 percent. He’s caught 466 1/3 innings and has matured as a game-handler as well.Youth Nike Custom Made New York Jets Elite Green Team Color NFL Jersey Sale.

As for his offensive numbers, Collins has a .369 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and 24 extra-base hits overall. Those statistics bump up against a .213 average with 86 strikeouts in 244 at-bats.

“For a hitter like me, average doesn’t really mean much,” Collins said. “I’m still getting on base a lot. I’m still putting up power numbers.”

“There’s power production, he’s getting on base,” said White Sox director of player development Chris Getz. “And then on top of all of that, his catching has improved. He’s throwing so well, his blocking is getting better. There definitely have been some positive things that have happened for Zack.”

Playing in the Futures Game, with a first pitch of 3 p.m. CT to be broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed on, means going home for the young Personalized Saints Jersey catcher. He resides in Florida and played collegiately for Miami.

“I couldn’t be more excited for this weekend,” Collins said. “I have a ton of people at the game and a bunch of people who watched me play in college. It’s Custom Saints Jersey going to be a lot of fun.”

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Here’s a look at top prospects to watch in today’s Minor League action:

Pitcher to watch: Shawn Morimando (Indians’ No. 15), Columbus vs. Norfolk (7:15 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV) Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 29 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey.

Morimando was named to’s most recent Prospect Team of the Week after he fired back-to-back nine-inning shutouts for Triple-A Columbus.Custom Saints Jersey He also threw a shutout on June 15, giving the 24-year-old left-hander three shutouts in his last four turns. He’s also won five straight starts, during which he’s lowered his season ERA from 4.81 to 3.40.

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Duel of the day: Carson Fulmer (White Sox No. 6) vs. Tyler Mahle (Reds’ No. 7), Charlotte at Louisville (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Fulmer, No. 59 on the Top 100, has struggled to pitch deep into starts lately, working no more than 4 1/3 innings in four straight starts for Triple-A Charlotte. The 23-year-old righty hasn’t pitched into the sixth inning since May 23, a period spanning seven starts during which he’s posted a 7.36 ERA with a 23-to-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a .901 opponents’ OPS.
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Mahle is 0-2 in two starts for Louisville, but the 22-year-old has been sharp in both outings, registering a 2.08 ERA with 15 strikeouts and two walks in 13 innings. Mahle was promoted to the Minors’ highest level from Double-A Pensacola, where he posted a 1.59 ERA with a Southern League-best 0.87 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 85 innings (14 starts).

Thursday’s Top 100 prospect probables
No. 43 Kolby Allard (Braves’ No. 3), Mississippi at Mobile (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 94 Chance Adams (Yankees’ No. 7), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Lehigh Valley (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

More top prospect probables
Gabriel Ynoa (Orioles’ No. 11), Norfolk at Columbus (Triple-A)
Zac Gallen (Cardinals’ No. 23), Memphis at Nashville (Triple-A)
Trevor Clifton (Cubs’ No. 6), Tennessee at Chat Personalized  Jets Jersey tanooga (Double-A)
Sandy Alcantara (Cardinals’ No. 7), Springfield vs. Midland (Double-A)
Sam Coonrod (Giants’ No. 11) vs. David Hess (Orioles’ No. 28), Richmond at Bowie (Double-A) Youth Nike Custom Made New York Jets Elite Green Team Color NFL Jersey Sale.

Francisco Personalized Saints Jersey Rios (Blue Jays’ No. 18), New Hampshire at Trenton (Double-A)
Freddy Peralta (Brewers’ No. 19), Biloxi Joe Carter Throwback Jersey vs. Pensacola (Double-A)
P.J. Conlon (Mets No. 20) vs. Parker French (Rockies’ No. 20), Binghamton vs. Hartford (Double-A)
Artie Lewicki (Tigers’ No. 21), Erie at Harrisburg (Double-A)
Trey Ball (Red Sox’s No. 28), Portland vs. Reading (Double-A)
Franklyn Kilome (Phillies’ No. 5) vs. Ryan Borucki (Blue Jays’ No. 16), Clearwater at Dunedin (Class A Advanced)
Taylor Hearn (Pirates’ No. 10) vs. Taylor Widener (Yankees’ No. 27), Bradenton vs. Tampa (Class A Advanced)
Vladimir Gutierrez (Reds’ No. 10), Daytona vs. Lakeland (Class A Advanced)
Norge Ruiz (A’s No. 13), Stockton at Lancaster (Class A Advanced)
Shane Bieber (Indians’ No. 14), Lynchburg vs. Salem (Class A Advanced)
Cod Custom Jets Jersey Reed (D-backs’ No. 19), Visalia vs. Lake Elsinore (Class A Advanced)
Pablo Lopez (Mariners’ No. 23), Modesto at San Jose (Class A Advanced)
Drew Harrington (Braves’ No. 25), Florida vs. Charlotte (Class A Advanced)
Joey Wentz (Braves’ No. 13), Rome vs. West Virginia (Class A)
Imani Abdullah (Dodgers’ No. 14), Great Lakes at Bowling Green (Class A)
Yennsy Diaz (Blue Jays’ No. 25), Lansing at Fort Wayne (Class A)
Nick Wells (Mariners’ No. 25), Clinton at Quad Cities (Class A)
Micah Miniard (Indians’ No. 26), Lake County vs. West Michigan (Class A)
Zach Muckenhirn (Orioles’ No. 27), Delmarva at Hickory (Class A)
Sam Perez (Marlins’ No. 16), Batavia at West Virginia (Class A Short Season)

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Brett Cecil Jersey no stranger to early-season struggles

TORONTO — The Blue Jays’ bullpen needs Brett Cecil Jersey to be at his best if Toronto is going to live up to expectations this season. Through eight games, that has yet to happen.

Cecil’s early-season struggles continued Tuesday night as he took the loss after allowing the go-ahead run in a 3-2 loss to the Yankees. The veteran reliever issued one walk and two hits and could not find a way to get out of the seventh inning.

The 29-year-old Cecil has been charged with two losses and one blown save in four appearances this year. The Blue Jays haven’t been able to explain his early troubles, but one thing manager John Gibbons does know is that if Cecil continues down this path, it’s going to be really bad news for his ballclub.

“If he’s not good this Kevin Pillar Jersey year, then that’s a big hole,” Gibbons admitted after another tough loss. “I’ve seen him start slow. I thought the last pitch he threw to [Brett Gardner] was his typical curveball, and hopefully that gets him going.

“The go-ahead hit was a bleeder, and then he punched out Gardner. So, he’s going to be fine. I thought he looked pretty good in Spring Training, but he’s off right now, no secret about that.”

Cecil was in a similar situation last season, as well. He began the year as Toronto’s closer but lost the job one game into the year because of struggles that dated back to Spring Training. Those problems continued for a couple of months, but he didn’t allow an earned run after June 24, which led to another season of strong numbers.

The eighth-year reliever was healthy this spring and everything seemed to be going according to plan Joe Carter Jersey until the regular season. Cecil tossed a scoreless inning during his first appearance of the year, but the last three have been a different story, with three runs on five hits and two walks over 1 2/3 innings.

The issues have been even more noticeable because Toronto’s bullpen as a whole has struggled. In the Blue Jays’ five losses this season, they had the lead going into the sixth inning in all but one of them. The hope inside the Blue Jays’ clubhouse is that Cecil turns things around just like he did last year, otherwise there could be problems.

“I think guys are understanding what he wants to do out there, a little bit, so it’s kind of up to myself and the pitching coach to just talk to him and just not be predictable,” Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin Jersey said of Cecil, who is the club’s lone lefty in the bullpen.

The Week Ahead: Hot Joe Carter Jersey Stove hasn’t cooled off just yet

Joe Carter Throwback Jersey Masahiro Joe Carter Jersey Tanaka is off to the Bronx, Matt Garza is heading up to Milwaukee, and all around the Major Leagues, teams are finishing up their offseason fan festivals and getting ready to pack trucks for Spring Training.

The week ahead will be one of literal and figurative transition, with the calendar changing to February and the boys of summer taking one more collective spiked step closer to reporting to their sun-splashed camps, which open in less than three weeks with the arrival of pitchers and catchers.

But don’t think for a moment that there isn’t a lot of unfinished winter business that will be attended to in the next seven days.

Take the remaining free-agent starting pitchers, for example. Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo and a host of other capable veterans remain available, and with Tanaka and Garza having helped define the market, it would make sense for some dominoes to fall neatly into place this week to give those pitchers the peace of knowing where they’re going to play this season.

Who’s interested in them? Well, the Blue Jays and Mariners seem to need at least one starter apiece, but it remains to be seen how much money they’re willing to allocate. The Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter Blue Jays Baseball Jersey Orioles have been mentioned prominently lately.

And it wouldn’t be surprising to see a host of other teams jump in if Santana or Jimenez don’t get the three- or four-year offers they are seeking and the price goes down with each passing day.

Reports out of Cleveland have speculated that Jimenez might return to the Indians on a one-year deal if he doesn’t find the deal he wants.

And in Pittsburgh, the Pirates have effectively moved on from free-agent starter A.J. Burnett, who hasn’t said if he’ll pitch another year or retire. The Pirates have already decided to proceed toward Spring Training under the assumption that Burnett will not return, but they’ll keep the door ajar if he changes his mind. Then again, Burnett could sign with a different team altogether.

In other words, things are hardly set in stone so close to the return of fresh-cut grass and the crack of the bat.

While it’s becoming less and less likely that the Tampa Bay Rays will trade their ace, David Price, before the beginning of Grapefruit and Vintage Toronto Blue Jays 29 Joe Carter Jersey Cactus League play, it would be unwise to make any assumptions about Tampa Bay’s cagey front office. Price, after all, can become a free agent after the 2015 season and could bring a mega-package of prospects in a deal.

“Right now,Joe Carter Memorabilia David’s a Ray, and I hope he stays a Ray, quite frankly,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said during the team’s recent news conference announcing the signing of closer Grant Balfour.

“Love him, love having him. We keep talking about all of these different components within the clubhouse that make a difference. Who makes more of a difference than he does? With all these wonderful things that we’re doing right now, to have him there to spearhead the starting rotation, what trumps that? I don’t think anything does. In our world, anything could happen. There’s no question about that. But I want to believe that David’s going to be there, and hopefully he’s going to be a Ray for a long time.”

Other 1993 Joe Carter Blue Jays Jersey pitchers who could be with new teams soon, maybe even this week, include Arroyo, Chris Capuano, Barry Zito, Scott Baker, Jason Hammel, Tommy Hanson, Bruce Chen, Jake Westbrook and Paul Maholm.

Meanwhile, good position players abound, too. It will be interesting to see who signs shortstop Stephen Drew, outfielder Nelson Cruz Toronto Blue Jays Joe Carter Grey Throwback Jersey and first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales at this stage of the game, since all are expected to command multiyear deals and high salaries.

Then again, some less expensive veterans are still around on the free-agent board, with Placido Polanco, Michael Young, Juan Pierre and Reed Johnson seeking employment.

Fernando Rodney, Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey, Rafael Betancourt and Kevin Gregg could be the cream of the closer crop now that Balfour has landed the Rays gig.

But there’s more relief help out there. Righties Luis Ayala, Kyle Farnsworth, Frank Francisco, Matt Guerrier, Carlos Joe Carter MLB Merchandise Marmol, Francisco Rodriguez and Brett Myers and lefties Mike Gonzalez, Oliver Perez and Rich Hill are all there for the taking as one pivotal offseason week begins.