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What to watch for in today’s games

by Spencer Fordin
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Price is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA through his first five starts, and he's been competitive in all but one of them. Two outings ago, Price gave up eight earned runs in a 14-3 loss to the Yankees. The southpaw returned to form on Monday, though, earning the win and allowing three earned runs to the Twins. Volquez, meanwhile, had to miss a rotation turn after being involved in a benches-clearing incident against the White Sox. The right-hander has allowed more than one earned run in just one of his four starts, and he's managed to complete at least seven [...]

DraftKings picks: Ortiz, Sandoval, Teixeira

by Fred Zinkie
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Pablo Sandoval (Red Sox): Sandoval has excelled as a member of the Red Sox, with two homers, 11 RBIs and a .312 batting average in 20 games. The third baseman could continue his hot hitting Saturday, when he brings a lifetime .855 OPS vs. right-handers (.696 against lefties) into a matchup with Eovaldi, who has compiled a career 1.39 WHIP. Mark Teixeira (Yankees): The first baseman has produced a career .913 OPS vs. left-handers (.867 against righties), and he could go deep for a ninth time this season when he faces lefty Wade Miley at hitter-friendly Fenway Park. The switch [...]

Kennedy provides spark Padres needed

by Barry M. Bloom
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"We needed that type of effort to hold the other team down until we started to get it going offensively," Padres manager Bud Black said about Kennedy's six innings of two-run, four-hit ball. "No doubt about it." When the offense did get going in a big way, the result was a 14-3 victory at Petco Park. And while a three-game losing streak -- seven losses in the last eight games -- may not be gone and forgotten, it is hopefully in the rearview mirror. Black on Padres' strong offense COL@SD: Black discusses Padres' big offensive output 5/1/15: Padres manager Bud [...]

Pederson’s big ‘bop’ a war hero’s dream

by Ken Gurnick
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"He told me he saw the home run I hit the other night and I said I hope I give you something special to cheer about tonight," said Pederson, who crushed his first career grand slam in a five-run second inning and made a running catch in the ninth to preserve the shutout in an 8-0 Dodgers rout of Arizona. Pederson's great running catch ARI@LAD: Pederson steals hit, run with running catch 5/1/15: Joc Pederson chases down a fly ball from David Peralta and makes a running catch before hitting the wall, stealing a hit and a run "I'm glad [...]

Costly replay call sticks in Scioscia’s craw

by Alden Gonzalez
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It was a reminder of a controversial replay review the Angels never really got over. "I don't think there's anybody in the world who's going to see that replay and doesn't think Calhoun was safe," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the play, which came in the seventh and ultimately prevented his team from taking the lead. "That just baffles me. It is 100 percent obvious that Kole was safe, and that's the frustrating part about replay. I don't know how that call was not overturned. He was safe." If Scioscia elects to pinch-hit for C.J. Wilson later in the [...]