CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana’s TV

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana’s TV

Message par liny195 » 16 Avr 2019, 04:34

bashing days should be over.Back with Cleveland after spending one year in Philadelphia , where he ended some teammates’ obsession with the popular video game Fortnite with one swing, Santana is excited to be returning to a team with World Series title aspirations.It’s not that the Phillies didn’t have big goals, but while they were in a September swoon, some players sneaked out of the dugout during games to play videos in the clubhouse. Santana’s bat ended that.With the Indians, there should be no such off-field distractions or diversions.And while the rest of the AL Central made numerous moves this winter to try and close the gap on the Indians, the three-time defending champions lost some power but essentially stayed the course.“We have a great team,” said Santana, the switch-hitting first baseman re-acquired by Cleveland via a three-team deal trade with Tampa Bay and Seattle in December. “Minnesota and Chicago, they moved a lot this offseason, but we’re confident in what kind of team we have. We have a playoff team. We’re fine. We’re not worried about offense, defense. We’re worried about winning.”The Indians, who might have All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor back from a calf strain when they open the season against the Twins on March 28, don’t have much reason to be fearful in their division. And if manager Terry Francona’s recent sky-diving adventures in Arizona are any indication, Cleveland will face any nerves head on.However Jeimer Candelario Jersey , the scary thing is that if they want to win their first World Series since 1948, the Indians must climb into the same realm with Boston, New York and Houston. The AL’s elite didn’t undergo as much change this offseason as Cleveland, which slashed payroll by choosing not to re-sign free agent All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley, closer Cody Allen or dominant reliever Andrew Miller.The Indians, who have lost to the Yankees and Astros in the division series the past two seasons, also traded All-Star catcher Yan Gomes, slugger Edwin Encarnacion and first baseman Yonder Alonso, creating a cavity of some power and leadership.Still, there’s plenty of talent, and some new faces.“We have a lot of the same core pieces, and if anything, we have a nice little breath of fresh air, some new excitement ,” said right-hander Mike Clevinger, a member of arguably baseball’s best starting staff. “It is good to see some guys finding their new place here.”It will be interesting to see how the season unfolds for the Indians, who dangled ace Corey Kluber and All-Star Trevor Bauer in trade talks but didn’t pull the trigger. The club may still be open to dealing one of them, especially if things don’t go as planned.If they don’t, stay clear of Santana.THE FIVE HORSEMENEveryone’s looking for the starting pitching that Cleveland’s got already. Last season, the Indians became the first team to have four different pitchers record 200 strikeouts in the same season. Kluber and Carlos Carrasco have track records and with Bauer, Clevinger and Shane Bieber (11-5 as a rookie), the Indians have three of the game’s best young right-handers.The enviable depth is why the club would consider moving Kluber, a two-time Cy Young winner who has won at least 18 games in each of the past three seasons.DYNAMIC DUONo team has a 1-2 punch quite like Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez. Both switch-hitters, the pair became the first players in club history to get at least 35 homers, 35 doubles, 90 RBIs and 25 steals in the same season. They’re also the first teammates with at least 80 extra-base hits in consecutive seasons since Yankees legends Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig.TICK, TOCKRather than go to arbitration, Lindor signed a $10.55 million contract this season Chad Bettis Jersey , a colossal raise from his $623,000 salary last season but nothing like he could get as a free agent.That won’t happen until the end of 2021 season, but the Indians have to be planning for a long-term future without Lindor, who has turned down previous long-term deals and has seen the mega-deals landed by fellow stars Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.NEW FACESLooking to offset their power depletion — Encarnacion, Brantley, Alonso and Gomes combined for 88 homers and 314 RBIs — the Indians signed Hanley Ramirez and Carlos Gonzalez to minor league contracts. Ramirez could serve as the primary designated hitter while Gonzalez, a three-time All-Star who led the NL with 40 homers in 2015, may stabilize the club’s unclear outfield situation.Francona will have another late-inning relief option in former All-Star Tyler Clippard once he gets past a pectoral strain sustained in camp.ROOKIES TO WATCHOutfielder Oscar Mercado opened eyes with a torrid spring and nearly made the opening-day roster. The 24-year-old spent part of the offseason refining his swing and the hard work paid off. He’ll begin the season at Triple-A Columbus, but Mercado could get an early call-up depending on how things go for Cleveland’s evolving outfield. SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants‘ rookies got the better of the San Diego Padres‘ youngsters in a matchup of NL West teams playing out the season.While veterans Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered off Bryan Mitchell in the Giants’ 4-2 win Monday, three rookies had nice nights. Left-hander Andrew Suarez pitched into the eighth inning, Chris Shaw had his first three-hit game and Aramis Garcia added an RBI single.“They did a great job, starting with Suarez,” manager Bruce Bochy said.Suarez (7-11) snapped a two-start skid by holding San Diego to two runs and four hits while striking out four and walking three in 7 2/3 innings.“He had a good fastball going Jonathan Lucroy Jersey , good movement on it. Really all his pitches, very efficiently,” Bochy said. “Shaw, nice game by him, big hit by Garcia. It was good to see those kids play well.”Suarez has gone at least six innings in five straight starts. He thought he had a good chance of finishing the eighth.“My pitch count was low for being that deep in the game,” he said. “I just think it’s more my mechanics. I think I do a good routine in between starts to stay strong and ready for my start date.”Suarez looked disappointed when Bochy came out to pull him. Suarez said he thought he showed up his manager, so he apologized.“He liked it that I was being competitive,” Suarez said.Will Smith pitched the ninth for his 13th save.The rebuilding Padres dropped to 60-91 to match last year’s loss total with 11 games to play. Ownership had expected the Padres to be better than the club that finished 71-91 last year, but San Diego has lost at least 91 games for the third straight season and the fourth time in eight years.Mitchell (1-4) had pitched well in his two previous starts since his return from a long stay on the disabled list, but reverted to the early season form that got him demoted to the bullpen.After scattering three singles through the first three scoreless innings, Mitchell allowed Crawford’s homer to right-center leading off the fifth, his 13th. Shaw doubled with one out and scored on Garcia’s two-out single.With Gregor Blanco aboard on a leadoff single in the fifth, Longoria homered off the balcony on the third level of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left-field corner, his 16th.Mitchell allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings , struck out four and walked none.“I don’t want to sugarcoat it, but I’ve definitely thrown the ball worse and had better results,” Mitchell said. “The balls and strikes were really good. I was attacking for the most part. If I execute maybe three or four pitches a little better, it’s probably a different story.”Mitchell said Longoria “put a hell of a swing on that pitch. It was in and up out of the zone. I just think it was probably a little bit of a predictable pitch at that point. I maybe could’ve set it up a little better. He put a really good swing on it. You’ve got to live with that sometimes.”Said manager Andy Green: “It wasn’t really a poorly executed pitch, Longoria just beat us to the spot.”Austin Hedges homered leading off the second for the Padres, his 14th. He started at catcher even though rookie Francisco Mejia, one of baseball’s top catching prospects, hit a walkoff grand slam against Texas on Sunday.BUMGARNERBochy said LHP Madison Bumgarner could pitch the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 28 at San Francisco if the NL West race is still undecided.UP NEXTGiants: LHP Derek Holland (7-8, 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to start the middle game of the series Tuesday night. He’s 1-1 with a 6.20 ERA in four career starts against San Diego, including 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts vs. the Padres this year.Padres: Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi (8-8, 3.67) will start against the Giants for the second time this season. He earned his second career win in his fourth start on April 15 vs. San Francisco.
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