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It was a weekend to honor a couple of baseball’s distinguished
04-15-2019, 12:19 PM,
It was a weekend to honor a couple of baseball’s distinguished
sluggers.Adrian Beltre received a standing ovation in the Texas Rangers‘ home finale Sunday. The star third baseman’s future is uncertain Boog Powell Jersey , but the fans showed their appreciation in case this turns out to be his final season. There was less ambiguity in Detroit, where Victor Martinez is calling it a career, and he played his last game Saturday.Beltre has been noncommittal about his future, saying he’ll make a decision after discussions with family. He said he’s ready to accept that “maybe this is it” — but the door still seems at least somewhat open to a return. If he retires, he’s already done enough to earn plenty of Hall of Fame support, with over 3,100 hits in 21 seasons. This is his eighth season with the Rangers.Martinez made his big league debut with Cleveland in 2002. He also played briefly with Boston before joining the Tigers prior to the 2011 season. Detroit immediately won four straight division titles after his arrival.Martinez finished second in the American League MVP vote in 2014. His production slowed considerably after that Giancarlo Stanton Jersey , but he retires with a career average of .295, 2,153 hits and 246 home runs.Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said although Martinez is done playing, he still wants the veteran’s help in the dugout during the team’s last road trip of the season.Another big name who is retiring after this season is Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Utley’s best seasons came with Philadelphia, but he received a standing ovation Sunday in his final regular-season home game at Dodger Stadium. The NL West-leading Dodgers have a good chance to reach the postseason, but it’s hard to say what Utley’s role would be. He has only 28 at-bats since the All-Star break.Elsewhere around the majors:COSTLY SLIDEYankees shortstop Didi Gregorius scored the run that clinched a postseason spot Saturday, but that headfirst slide left him with torn cartilage in his right wrist. His status is now uncertain for the AL wild-card game Oct. 3.New York will likely face Oakland in that game in what would be a renewal of a postseason rivalry that included Division Series meetings in 2000 and 2001. Both those series went the full five games Derek Jeter Jersey , with the Yankees prevailing. New York also swept Oakland 3-0 in the 1981 AL Championship Series.HIGHLIGHTIt all went terribly wrong for Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Michael Feliz in the sixth inning Sunday against Milwaukee. First, he walked in two runs. Then the bases cleared in bizarre fashion. Feliz threw a wild pitch, which skipped all the way over near the Brewers‘ dugout. Jesus Aguilar and Ryan Braun both scored, and first baseman Josh Bell’s throw — to try to get Braun — got away, allowing Orlando Arcia to score as well. The play was scored a wild pitch, with an error on Feliz, who was covering home when Bell’s throw came in.The Brewers won 13-6.LINE OF THE WEEKChristian Yelich of Milwaukee became the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle twice in one season against the same team. He pulled that off when the Brewers beat Cincinnati 8-0 on Monday night. Yelich , who had hit for the cycle against the Reds less than three weeks earlier, did it again with a first-inning single, a second-inning double, a fifth-inning homer and sixth-inning triple. The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals made waiver-wire moves Sunday in an attempt to boost their pitching rotations for the stretch run.The Brewers added Jordan Lyles via a waiver claim, per an announcement by the San Diego Padres.The Cardinals announced they were awarded Tyson Ross in a separate waiver move.Lyles began the 2017 season in the bullpen for the Colorado Rockies, but after struggling and getting released in August, he signed with the San Diego Padres and moved back into a starting role.This season has been much better for Lyles Mariano Rivera Jersey , who has a 4.29 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 71.1 innings. He's made 24 appearances, including eight starts. He posted a 7.75 ERA over 38 appearances for the Rockies and Padres in 2017.Lyles was a highly touted prospect out of high school, as the Houston Astros selected him with the 38th overall pick in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft. The South Carolina native made his major league debut for the Astros in 2011 and spent three seasons with the organization before he was traded to the Rockies prior to the 2014 campaign.Lyles' best season was in 2014, when he went 7-4 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings across 22 starts for Colorado. Aside from that year, Lyles has never posted an ERA under 5.00.Milwaukee failed to address its rotation prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, so Lyles can slot into the unit as the Brewers try to keep pace with the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. He could also pitch from the bullpen Babe Ruth Jersey , providing another bridge to Josh Hader and Corey Knebel.Ross gives the Cardinals rotation insurance with Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha on the disabled list. The right-hander has a 4.45 ERA with 112 hits allowed and 107 strikeouts in 123.1 innings.St. Louis entered play Sunday with a 57-54 record. It trailed Chicago by 7.5 games and Milwaukee by 6.5 in the NL Central and was four games behind the Atlanta Braves for the second wild-card spot.

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