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CLEVELAND (AP) — With one swing http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , The All-Star shortstop homered leading off the first again, Mike Clevinger struck out 10 and Cleveland moved closer to its third straight AL Central title with a 9-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.The Indians ended a three-game losing streak and reduced their magic number for clinching another division title to 10 following Minnesota’s 5-2 loss to Houston.After a 5-1 loss Monday night, Lindor, who sets the tone for Cleveland with everything he does, talked about the team being flat and needing a spark.He provided an early one with his sixth leadoff homer — one shy of the club record set by Grady Sizemore in 2008 — as the Indians jumped to a 3-0 lead on Danny Duffy (8-12), whose season is over because of a sore left shoulder.“That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a leadoff hitter,” said Lindor, who has 31 homers. “To get things going.”Yandy Diaz hit his first major league homer and Jason Kipnis added two RBIs for Cleveland, which has the most commanding lead of any first-place team in the majors.Not only did the Royals have their season-high winning streak stopped at six, Duffy’s season came to an end rookie right fielder Brett Phillips bruised his right shoulder on a scary collision into the wall.Duffy was on the disabled list from Aug. 13-23 with shoulder issues.“I’m crushed about it,” Duffy said. “I get paid to pay baseball. I take pride that if you have an able body you should go. My body just said it was enough today.”Staked to a 6-0 lead after two innings, Clevinger (11-7) allowed just three hits in six innings and remained unbeaten in his last seven starts. The right-hander, who could have a big role for the Indians in October, had a little more velocity on his fastball and struck out six of nine in one dominant stretch.Diaz picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Kipnis Josh Tomlin Jersey , who is moving from second base to center field, singled home a run in the inning before Duffy was removed after 26 pitches. The left-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012.The Indians added three runs in the second off Burch Smith on Jose Ramirez’s double, Edwin Encarnacion’s sacrifice fly and Brandon Guyer’s RBI single.DON’T DO THATLindor got hit on the right forearm in his second at-bat by Smith, but didn’t think the Royals were throwing at him.“If he was trying to hit me, it’s OK,” Lindor said. “He hit me in the right spot. We weren’t throwing at each other, if that’s what you guys are trying to get to.”Clevinger wasn’t so sure, and sent a warning to Kansas City.“I think that would be very unwise of the whole Royals organization,” he said. “Especially as much as we see them and the arms we have over here. I hope not. And I think for their sake, they’d better hope not either.The Royals also hit Rajai Davis and the Indians plunked Brian Goodwin and Adalberto Mondesi.CRASH TESTPhillips was fortunate he wasn’t more seriously hurt after banging hard into the wall in the second inning.Breaking back on Ramirez’s drive, Phillips just missed making a catch before barreling full-speed into the wall. His torso twisted awkwardly and he crumpled onto the warning track. His teammates and a trainer rushed to Phillips, who got to his feet and remained in the game after being examined.Phillips was removed the next inning. He had a sling on his arm following the game.Manager Ned Yost did not provide any further details on Phillips’ injury.MOVING TIMEKipnis isn’t thrilled about having to change positions, but he’s willing to do it as long as Josh Donaldson is healthy.The Indians acquired Donaldson — the 2015 AL MVP — in a trade with Toronto, and once activated from the disabled list Carlos Carrasco Jersey , he’ll take over at third with Ramirez going to second and Kipnis heading to the outfield.Kipnis did the same thing a year ago.“Does it take a little wind out of my sails?” he said. “A little bit. But not enough to get me to stop working, stop competing.”TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez (sprained left thumb) was out of the lineup for the sixth straight game. The six-time All-Star was injured Aug. 28.Indians: LHP Andrew Miller is expected to throw a bullpen session on Thursday in Toronto as he recovers from shoulder soreness that landed him on the disabled list. Miller has been on the DL three times this season, but the reliever isn’t concerned about his latest issue which he has previously dealt with in spring training. The former All-Star left-hander has also been out with hamstring and knee injuries.UP NEXTCorey Kluber tries to become the majors’ first 18-game winner as the Indians conclude their three-game series with the Royals, who will start Brad Keller. PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez doesn’t think he could have changed the mind of Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais about opening day, even by pitching well this spring.With his ERA approaching 16, it’s a moot point.King Felix is royally agitated anyway.Hernandez was tagged for seven runs in three-plus innings against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, raising his spring ERA to 15.95 a day after Servais announced that Marco Gonzales would start Seattle’s season opener against Oakland in Tokyo on March 20.Seattle’s decision ends Hernandez’s run of 10 consecutive opening day starts. That was the longest active streak in the majors and tied for the fourth longest ever — Jack Morris set the mark at 14. Erik Bedard was the last starter before Hernandez to open a season on the mound for the Mariners.Hernandez spoke publicly after the game for the first time since Servais’ announcement. Asked if he was upset, Hernandez said simply, “Yeah,” but declined to elaborate on his emotions.“I knew it was going to happen,” he added.Hernandez was also asked if he could have convinced Servais to give him the opening day nod with a better spring camp.“No,” he said while shaking his head contemptuously. “No.”It’s the latest disappointment during Hernandez’s years-long slide from stardom. Once a 19-year-old phenom, the 32-year-old has been losing fastball velocity since his mid-20s and been mostly hobbled and ineffective since turning 30. His ailments have been many. Among the disclosed: lower back stiffness Cliff Pennington Jersey , right biceps tendinitis, right shoulder inflammation, a strained right calf — and that only covers the past three seasons.He had a career-worst 5.55 ERA in 29 games last season and was briefly removed from the rotation for the first time in the majors. This is his final season of a $175 million, seven-year contract.Armed with a dastardly, dive-bombing changeup, Hernandez won 19 games in 2009, the Cy Young Award in 2010 and made six All-Star teams. He has been the face of the franchise, and his King’s Court fan section in Seattle was once among baseball’s hottest tickets.But even his ascent was tinged with frustration. The Mariners were seldom a contender, and Hernandez has never pitched in a playoff game. After Seattle traded away some key major leaguers this winter, it seems unlikely he ever will, at least for the Mariners.Reverence for Hernandez remains apparent. In the home clubhouse at Peoria Sports Complex earlier this week, King Felix held court near his locker, eating fried chicken and chatting jovially from an oversized, futuristic armchair Joey Votto Jersey , teammates seated around him on folding chairs.Opening day without Hernandez? It’s hard to fathom.“Certainly respect,” Servais said Saturday of Hernandez’s streak. “It was a tremendous run, and he’s done awesome things. I just think where we’re at right now organizationally and where he’s at, he wants to have a big year and this does give him more time to prepare for his first regular-season start.“But that doesn’t make it any easier. But again, we try to take as much of the emotion out of it as you can and do what’s best for our ballclub.”The Mariners have asked Hernandez to use his curveball more this spring, especially early in counts, because data suggests it’s the right-hander’s most effective pitch. Hernandez used the breaking ball often during a 1-2-3 first inning but got away from it as the game wore on.“He needs to continue to work that in,” Servais said. “It’s one of his best pitches. Didn’t go to it today.”Hernandez will start one of two exhibition games against the Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo prior to the opener. Seattle returns to the U.S. and opens a four-game home set against the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox a week later. It seems likely Hernandez will start one of those games, but not certain.NOTES: 3B Kyle Seager is awaiting MRI results after rolling over his left wrist during a game Friday. X-rays of his hand and wrist were negative. … RHP Gerson Bautista appeared to injure his shoulder throwing a pitch in Seattle’s other spit-squad game against the Angels. Servais, who was with the team in Peoria for the 16-2 loss to Cleveland, did not have an update on Bautista’s status. … OF Mallex Smith (strained right elbow) felt good after swinging in a cage Saturday and might take batting practice Monday. … RHP Hunter Strickland (lower-back tightness) was expected to play catch Sunday and be evaluated after. … Seattle announced that all 23 pre-arbitration eligible players on the roster had signed 2019 contracts. … The Mariners re-assigned five players to minor league camp: RHPs Ryan Garton, Tyler Danish and Robinson Leyer; LHP Matt Tenuta; and OF Dom Thompson-Williams.

The 2018 MLB regular season has come to an end so let’s see how all 30 MLB teams did in reference to their preseason win total.How did your bets do?MLB Win Total TrackerMLB Opening Win TotalsHouston Astros: 97.5 | Los Angeles Dodgers: 95.5 | New York Yankees: 94.5Cleveland Indians: 94.5 | Chicago Cubs: 93.5 | Washington Nationals: 93.5Boston Red Sox: 92 | St. Louis Cardinals: 86 | Arizona Diamondbacks: 85Los Angeles Angels: 84.5 | Milwaukee Brewers: 83.5 | Minnesota Twins: 83New York Mets: 82.5 | Seattle Mariners: 81.5 | Colorado Rockies: 81.5Toronto Blue Jays: 81.5 | San Francisco Giants: 79.5 | Philadelphia Phillies: 78.5Oakland Athletics: 75.5 | Atlanta Braves: 75 | Texas Rangers: 75Tampa Bay Rays: 74 | Pittsburgh Pirates: 74 | Cincinnati Reds: 74Chicago White Sox: 72.5 | San Diego Padres: 72.5 | Baltimore Orioles: 72.5Kansas City Royals: 70 | Detroit Tigers: 67 | Miami Marlins: 63.5Odds and EndsThe 2010 San Diego Padres eclipsed their preseason win total of 71.5 in the 119th game of the year http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , the quickest to cash in the past decade. The Padres won 90 games that year for the first time since 1998, but failed to make the playoffs.In the past five seasons, seven different teams have had their preseason win total decided on the final day of the regular season, including the Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals last season.No team entered the 2018 MLB regular season with more than two consecutive seasons going over their preseason win total. Seven different teams were at two straight. On the contrary Jose Ramirez Jersey , the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds entered 2018 with the longest streak of consecutive years finishing below their preseason win total 鈥?a total of five seasons, since 2013.If you are going to win it all, you’d better go over your preseason win total. Since 2004, only two of the 28 eventual World Series participants went under their preseason win total. The 2012 Detroit Tigers were one. They got swept by the San Francisco Giants after winning 88 games Ronald Acuna Jr. Jersey , 4.5 games below their preseason win total (92.5). The other was the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals, who defeated the Tigers in five games after winning just 83 games in a weak NL Central, 11 games below their preseason win total (94). The Baltimore Orioles finished the 2018 season with a 47-115 record and 61 games standing between them and first place in the American League East. It didn't take them long to make personnel changes after such a disastrous showing.According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Orioles parted ways with general manager Dan Duquette on Wednesday.His report comes after Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic suggested the team was "expected" to let Duquette go while noting it fired manager Buck Showalter. ESPN.comnoted Duquette's contract only runs through the end of October Sean Newcomb Jersey , so he simply will not be re-signed.Duquette, 60, has enjoyed an extensivecareerin the major league ranks. He worked in scouting and player development with the Milwaukee Brewers, served as the assistant general manager and then general manager of the Montreal Expos Preston Tucker Jersey , was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox and was the director of baseball operations for the Israel Baseball League before the Orioles hired him prior to the 2012 campaign.Baltimore made the playoffs in three of seven seasons under Duquette, advancing as far as the 2014 American League Championship Series. However, the team finished in last place in the AL East in each of the last two seasons.R.J. Andersonof CBS Sports pointed out Duquette was "known for having an analytical bent" but added, "whether or not Duquette still has the ey s up for debate."Despite the struggles of the past two seasons Zack Greinke Jersey , Duquette at least put the Orioles in position for future success with a number of trades, including deals that sent out Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Kevin Gausman.Jonathan Mayoof MLB.com ranked teams that improved their farm systems the most at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 and had the Orioles atop the list.Duquette just won't be there to see the farm system eventually ascend to the major league level.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized an $18.25 million B.J. Upton Jersey , one-year contract.includes a $16 million salary this year and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout due Dec. 31. Grandal has until the third day after the World Series to decide on the option, and the Brewers have until the fifth day.“Yasmani has proven that he is one of the most productive catchers in baseball, both offensively and defensively, and he fits our roster very well,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said Monday. “Throughout this process, he expressed a consistent and sincere desire to join our organization.”Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers in November. He is eligible for free agency again after this year’s World Series and cannot be given a qualifying offer by the Brewers.Milwaukee forfeits its third-highest draft pick this year, which would be about No. 104. Los Angeles gets a compensation pick after competitive balance round B, about No. 79.Now 30, Grandal was an All-Star in his first season with the Dodgers in 2015. He hit .241 this year with 24 homers and 68 RBIs as Los Angeles won its second straight NL pennant. He made $7.9 million.Grandal has a .240 big league career average with 113 home runs in seven seasons. He would supplant Manny Pina and Erik Kratz, who combined to get the most games behind the plate for Milwaukee last season.He is the second player to reach agreement among the six who turned down qualifying offers. Pitcher Patrick Corbin agreed to a $140 million http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , six-year contract with Washington.Outfielders Bryce Harper and A.J. Pollock remain on the market along with left-hander Dallas Keuchel and closer Craig Kimbrel.Born in Cuba, Grandal moved with his family to Florida, played for the University of Miami and was taken by Cincinnati with the 12th overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft.He was traded to San Diego in December 2011 as part of the deal that brought pitcher Mat Latos to the Padres, then made his big league debut the following June.Grandal was suspended for the first 50 games of the 2013 season because of excessive testosterone. He was dealt to the Dodgers in December 2014 as part of the trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego.Milwaukee made a surprising run to the NL Central title last year and lost to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series. Grandal was just 2 for 11 with no RBIs in the series, then went 1 for 5 with no RBIs in the World Series loss to Boston.Grandal also struggled defensively in the postseason with a number of untimely passed balls, though he had been considered a strong defender and pitch framer. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Miles Mikolas got to celebrate twice on Saturday.The St. Louis right-hander was all smiles early in the afternoon when his twins, Miles and Madelyn, were released from the hospital for the first time after being born prematurely a month ago.That good feeling continued hours later as Mikolas tossed six effective innings to push the St. Louis Cardinals into the second wild-card spot in the NL with a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.“A special day,” Mikolas said.St. Louis moved a half-game ahead of Milwaukee and within four of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.The Cardinals, who are a half-game behind wild card-leading Philadelphia, have won 10 of their last 11 and captured their seventh straight series after winning the opener of the three-game set on Friday.“We’re surging and we’re dangerous,” Mikolas said. “This is the time of year to get hot.”The seven-series winning streak is the longest since the Cardinals won eight in a row from April 10-May 7 Jason Kipnis Jersey , 2015.Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich homered for the Brewers, who have lost six of eight.Marcell Ozuna hit his 15th homer of the season in the second off Wade Miley (2-2).Paul DeJong and Harrison Bader added two-run hits as St. Louis improved to 21-10 under interim manager Mike Shildt, who took over after Mike Matheny was fired on July 14.When Shildt claimed the job, the Cardinals sat in fourth place in the wild-card standings, four games behind the second spot and 7 1/2 games behind first-place Chicago. They have made up plenty of ground in a relatively short amount of time.“This is nice,” Shildt said. “If we keep playing good baseball, the process will take care of itself.”Mikolas (13-3) gave up one run on five hits. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter in winning his fifth consecutive decision.He said he felt motivated by the progress made by his twins. His wife, Lauren, gave birth last month, with Mikolas returning early from the All-Star festivities.“I think it’s good to keep those happy thoughts in your head while you’re pitching,” Mikolas said. “It’s nice to have my family healthy and happy.”Mikolas lowered his ERA to 2.80.Miley surrendered four runs on four hits over five innings. Three of the runs were unearned thanks to a missed third strike by catcher Erik Kratz that prolonged a three-run third inning.“It’s my fault,” Miley said. “I crossed (Kratz) up on the fastball with two outs. He put down cutter and I thought I saw fastball.”Tyler O’Neill broke a 1-all tie with a bloop single to right following the passed ball by Kratz http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , which would have ended the inning. Following a walk to Ozuna, DeJong hit a two-run single to push the lead to 4-1.DeJong had two hits and drove in three runs.“We can beat you in a lot of different ways,” DeJong said. “That’s something we’re figuring out.”St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter had a 35-game streak of reaching base snapped with an 0-for-4 performance.Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell was ejected in the first inning by home plate umpire Cory Blaser. Blaser had warned Miley for throwing inside to O’Neill. Mikolas hit Lorenzo Cain in the top of the first.Counsell came out to argue the warning and was ejected for the fourth time this season.The Brewers have lost four of five.“We’ve kind of got our tails kicked the last couple nights,” Miley said. “Not to put a lot of pressure on us, but we’ve got to play better baseball.”St. Louis infielder Kolten Wong was removed in the fourth inning with a bruised right elbow. He was hit by a pickoff attempt from Miley. Shildt says he is day-to-day.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: OF Ryan Braun missed his second straight game with a sore rib cage. He is listed as day-to-day.Cardinals: OF Jose Martinez was originally in the starting lineup, but was scratched 90 minutes before the game with right hip tightness. He was replaced by O’Neill. … RHP Carlos Martinez will make his second rehab appearance on Sunday for Double-A Springfield. Martinez, who was bothered by a right shoulder strain, threw two innings on Friday.UP NEXTRHP Jhoulys Chacin (12-4, 3.72) will face RHP John Gant (5-4, 3.74) in the final game of the three-game series on Sunday. The Brewers are 18-8 when Chacin starts. He is 0-2 with a 5.65 ERA in three career starts in St. Louis. Gant hit a two-run homer in his last outing, a 6-4 win over Washington on Tuesday.

The Blue Jays slugger homered in a franchise-record seventh consecutive game in Toronto’s 8-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.Morales is the seventh player in major league history to have a streak this long. He’s one short of matching the record held by Ken Griffey Jr. Bill Lee Jersey , Dale Long and Don Mattingly.Morales will try to match that trio when he faces Baltimore’s David Hess on Monday night. Morales has already connected off Hess in his current streak, hitting a solo home run off the Orioles right-hander in a 6-0 Toronto win last Wednesday.“It’s pretty impressive,” manager John Gibbons said of Morales’ streak. “It’d be something if he gets (the record). I don’t think any of us can comprehend how hard it is to do.”Morales said staying quiet at the plate has helped his power surge.“I’m not moving too much,” he said through a translator. “Either fastball or off-speed, I’m seeing the ball pretty well because I’m sitting back “Morales said the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, has requested one of his bats from the streak.“I’m really happy they want my bat,” Morales said. “It’s amazing what I’ve been doing.”He has 21 homers on the season and has hit safely in 10 straight games. He’s batting .500 (17 for 34) with eight homers and 15 RBI in that stretch.The Phillies went on their own homer binge, connecting for four on Sunday.Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana went back-to-back in the first inning while Maikel Franco and Wilson Ramos each had two-run shots.“There was a noticeable energy change in the dugout from yesterday to today,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “Our guys sensed the urgency of today’s game.”Right-hander Vince Velasquez (9-9) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings for the victory as Philadelphia won for the second time in eight games, erasing the painful memories of Saturday’s 8-6 defeat. The Phillies began the day three games behind Atlanta in the NL East, and two games out in the wild card race.“Everybody was just a little bit more intense, a little bit sharper focus Xander Bogaerts Jersey ,” Hoksins said. “Everybody got here this morning and realized that this was a big game. Obviously they’re all big but this one in particular felt a little bit bigger, especially after a tough loss yesterday.”Ramos had four hits. He singled in the first, doubled home a run in the second, singled in the sixth and homered off Tyler Clippard in the eighth, his 15th.“The guy is raking,” Velasquez said. “He’s on fire.”Luis Garcia, Hector Neris, Tommy Hunter, and Seranthony Dominguez each pitched one inning of relief.Hoskins reached base four times as the Phillies ended Toronto’s season-long winning streak at five.“We swung the bats from the very beginning of the game and stayed on them, never took our foot off the gas pedal,” Kapler said.Estrada (7-10) allowed five runs and seven hits in two-plus innings. He said afterward he has been bothered by a sore back for several few weeks.TULO TALKS 2019One day after he was ruled out for the season, Troy Tulowitzki said he intends to reclaim his role as Toronto’s starting shortstop next year. “If someone’s better than me, I’ll pack my bags and go home http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey ,” said Tulowitzki, who had surgery in April to remove bone spurs from both heels. The oft-injured Tulowitzki has not played since July 2017, when he seriously injured his right ankle in a collision at first base. The five-time All-Star has missed at least 30 games in seven straight seasons and eight of the past nine.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: OF Roman Quinn (sore left hamstring) was not available. Quinn’s injury is not considered serious.Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (strained left calf) had the contents of his locker in Toronto delivered to him at the team’s spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., where he is working out. In a statement, Donaldson said he wanted all his equipment on hand before starting a rehab assignment. Donaldson has been out since May 28.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.93) starts as Philadelphia returns home to begin a three-game series against Wahsington. RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-7, 4.23) starts for the Nationals.Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-6, 4.94) starts the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore. Gaviglio snapped a 5-start winless streak by beating Baltimore last Tuesday. Hess is 2-8 with a 5.50 ERA. ST. LOUIS (AP) — The month of August has been great for rookie pitcher Jack Flaherty and the St. Louis Cardinals.Flaherty allowed just one run in seventh innings and Jose Martinez and Tyler O’Neill homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Tuesday night in Mike Shildt’s first game since being promoted to full-time manager.Flaherty (8-6) retired his first 12 batters and gave up one run and four hits with no walks. He is 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA in five August starts. Flaherty has allowed only 14 hits and three runs in 32 innings, walking nine and striking out 38 batters in those starts.The recipe for his success is simple, Flaherty said.“Get ahead and stay ahead. Try not to get into deep counts and try to stay from a 3-2 count,” Flaherty said. “Try to make things happen quick. Move the ball in and out. Trust in my stuff.”A meeting two weeks ago with Cardinals legend Bob Gibson inspired Flaherty.“I got the chance to talk to him,” Flaherty said. “I asked him what his mentality was every time he went out. I haven’t talked to him since then but it’s more on me to reach out to him and than the other way around.”Flaherty improved to 3-1 against the Pirates.“He’s gotten better the more we’ve faced him I think as this season has shown Blake Swihart Jersey ,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “His stuff has gotten better, the consistency of it, the execution of pitches.”The Cardinals have won six of seven and are 20-5 in August. Earlier in the day, St. Louis took off the interim tag on Shildt, who was put in charge after Mike Matheny was fired last month a day before the All-Star break.St. Louis is 27-12 under Shildt. He was rewarded with a contract through 2020 after guiding the Cards back into playoff contention.“He’s been doing his thing and he hasn’t tried to do too much,” Flaherty said about Shildt. “He hasn’t tried to change anything. It’s just been him. I think the biggest thing is for everybody to be themselves and he’s done the same thing. I’m just happy for him.”The Pirates have lost eight of 10.Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 32 opportunities.Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first off Ivan Nova (7-9). Martinez connected for his 16th homer after Matt Carpenter reached base on an infield single.“I was trying to drive a ball middle in and he threw it there and I hit it out,” Martinez said.O’Neill hit a 436-foot homer into the left field bleachers in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead. Martinez singled ahead of O’Neil’s drive.“The command, it was not as sharp as it was last time,” Nova said. “I gave up two two-run homers. The first home run, I thought that was a really good pitch that the guy just jumped on. The other one was down the middle of the plate. It’s frustrating.”Josh Bell scored both runs for the Pirates. He doubled in the fifth and Colin Moran hit an RBI single.Bell drew a leadoff walk from reliever Jordan Hicks in the eighth, took third on a bloop single by Moran and scored on a double play.Paul DeJong was hit by a pitch to start the St. Louis eighth and an apparent two-run homer by Jedd Gyorko was overturned in a crew chief review. Gyorko was given a double and he was pulled because of discomfort in his left groin. Greg Garcia’s single made it 5-2.Gyorko said he hurt himself leaving the batter’s box. He said it’s “tightness” and he will be looked at Wednesday.“I thought it was a home run,” Gyorko said about his hit. “I ran around the bases. I haven’t looked at it yet.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: Josh Harrison didn’t start for the second consecutive game after tweaking his left hamstring Saturday running from first to third. He walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and stayed in the game at second base.Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong was put on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, retroactive to Aug. 26. Wong Rick Porcello Jersey , who injured his hamstring while running out a ground ball in Saturday’s game in Colorado, was batting .244 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 110 games.WACHA STARTStarter Michael Wacha (left oblique strain) left in the third inning with a trainer at Double-A Springfield after allowing five earned runs on six hits in 2 1-3 innings Tuesday against Arkansas. He threw 52 pitches and exited because of fatigue, the Cardinals said. Wacha, who will be evaluated Wednesday, went on the disabled list June 21 and has missed 60 games.ROSTER MOVEWith Wong going on the disabled list, the Cardinals recalled INF Patrick Wisdom from Triple-A Memphis. Wisdom, 27, is batting .288 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI in 107 games for Memphis. Wisdom was purchased from Memphis on Aug. 11 and played in nine games for the Cardinals, batting .333 (4 for 12) with a home run and three RBIs. He had played in 747 career minor league game before his major league debut.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Trevor Williams (10-9, 3.44) has allowed just four runs in his last seven starts covering 42 innings. He is 2-4 with a 6.93 ERA in 10 career appearances, including seven starts against St. Louis. He is 1-2 in four starts this year.Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (13-9, 2.94) allowed a season-high 12 hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings in last Friday’s start at Colorado. He lost to the Pirates on June 1 at Busch Stadium.

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