The Colorado Rockies are “aggressively searching” for a right-handed reliever, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.Rumor CentralPer Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller, Miami Marlins closer AJ Ramos is a top Rockies target. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that Colorado and Miami are in ongoing discussions regarding Ramos. Ramos has a 3.76 ERA and 1.28 WHIP cheap mlb jerseys in 39 games this season, recording 46 strikeouts over 38⅓ innings. The 30-year-old is 19-for-21 in save opportunities. The Rockies — who entered Wednesday atop the National League wild-card standings — aren’t likely to look to Ramos to be their ninth-inning man, as Greg Holland has posted excellent numbers as the team’s closer (1.72 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 31-for-32 in save opportunities). Holland was placed on Colorado’s paternity list Wednesday. Ramos is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career in the upcoming offseason and is set to reach free agency in 2019. Colorado was linked to Ramos earlier this month. Other clubs which have expressed interest in the reliever include the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, although New York has since traded for former Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson.
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LOS ANGELES — Chris Taylor wasn’t even in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ plans when the season started. Now they’ve got to wonder where they’d be without him.Taylor continued his torrid hitting Tuesday with two run-scoring doubles as the Dodgers became baseball’s first team to reach the 70-win mark with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. The 26-year-old Taylor is 23 for 44 since the All-Star break. His two hits Tuesday gave him four consecutive multi-hit games. He’s hitting .321 on the season and has played second, third, shortstop, left and center. He opened the season in Triple-A and was expected to be a utility player when he was called up by the Dodgers on April 19. “You don’t know what this young man’s ceiling is,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think the beautiful thing is he just continues to go out there and tries to compete and perform. He keeps getting big hits. “He also making great defensive plays out there — saving runs, scoring runs, driving in runs. He’s a wonderful player.” The Dodgers have won four consecutive games and 35 of their last 41. They have baseball’s best record at 70-31. “I just learned that we won 70 games,” Roberts said. “I have such narrow vision. It’s a credit to those guys in the locker room. We have a lot of work to do, but at this point, it’s certainly a nice accomplishment.” Kenta Maeda (9-4) went five solid innings for the Dodgers. Luis Avilan threw a scoreless sixth and Josh Ravin went the final three innings to earn his first career save. Jose Berrios (9-4) held the Dodgers scoreless until they took command with a four-run fourth. “They (Dodgers) did a really good job of battling back and fighting back, so I have to tip my cap to them,” Berrios said. “I did notice that I was getting too aggressive and that was making myself open up.” TIMELY SWITCH The game was delayed for 18 minutes in the sixth when Roberts protested a double-switch by Twins manager Paul Molitor. The umpires huddled and forced Molitor to remove left fielder Eddie Rosario. Then they went to the headsets to check with MLB headquarters in New York to make sure they had interpreted the rule properly. Roberts said the umpires told him cheap mlb jerseys authentic reliever Ryan Pressly entered the game in the fifth spot where Rosario was batting, but Rosario had remained in the game. Molitor said plate umpire Lance Barrett misunderstood where he wanted his reliever in the batting order. “There was obvious miscommunication when I went out there to make the double-switch,” Molitor said. “What I think I said and what he thought he heard were two different things.”
To provide insight into the Spurs’ off-season acquisitions, welcome to the first of a series of discussions with SB Nation writers who cover the teams San Antonio’s player just left. We begin with the biggest free agent signee of the summer, Rudy Gay, who spent the past three-and-a-half seasons with the Sacramento Kings after eight seasons playing for Memphis and Toronto. Gay opted out of a $14 million player option with the Kings to sign a two-year deal with San Antonio worth just over $17 million. For his career, he’s averaged about 18.5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists per game. In January, Rudy’s Achilles tendon ruptured, ending his 2016-2017 season. All accounts indicate that his rehab is going well and ahead of schedule. Many thanks to Sactown Royalty editor Greg Wissinger for joining me for this one-on-one.In addition to being a native of San Antonio, Matthews is a great comparison. Perhaps it’s an age thing. Wes was a couple years shy of 30 when he suffered his injury and had played in the League for only 6 years. Rudy’s 30 with 11 years of 82 game regular seasons. Besides, beyond superstar deals such as Paul George and Chris Paul, and a few over payments for some younger guys, this off season has not meet expectations for a lot of players. I don’t think Rudy was on anyone’s radar except for the one’s that mattered. I’ve heard that Rudy has a great work ethic and that’s one of the things that excites me about him joining the Spurs. Before he came over to the Kings in December of 2013, Gay averaged 20 plus points only during his second season in the NBA. Yet as a King, Rudy did it twice and was close to 19 ppg. this past season before the injury. And, wholesale jerseys he played less minutes per game in Sacramento than as a Grizzly. Do you attribute these stats more to the different offenses or did Rudy do anything to up his game?
SAN DIEGO — Yoenis Cespedes hit a big league homer — and one of the Little League variety to help power the New York Mets to another victory.Cespedes had three RBI and finished a single shy of the cycle as the Mets beat the San Diego Padres 6-5 to win for the sixth time in seven games. Cespedes’ check-swing triple in the seventh inning was the difference. Facing reliever Phil Maton, Cespedes punched a pitch down the right-field line with Curtis Granderson aboard after an inning-opening single. Granderson scored and Cespedes followed him home on Wil Myers’ throwing error for a 6-4 lead. It was the Mets’ third “Little League homer” — one aided by errors — since the All-Star break. “I really wanted to hold the swing back, but I couldn’t,” Cespedes said through a translator. Cespedes exited the game after running cheap jerseys authentic the bases with a sore quadriceps, which isn’t considered serious. Myers’ errant throw was fielded by left fielder Jose Pirela, and he had a chance to get Cespedes at the plate. “So we send Granderson and I pick up Ces and I thought they had a play on him, which they did,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “On the overthrow, the left fielder did a great job backing him up, but Ces just had a good slide.” Seth Lugo (5-2) went at least six innings for his third straight start, which has produced two wins. He surrendered four runs — three earned — and eight hits. He struck out one. “Overall, I had a pretty good bad day,” Lugo said. Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his 12th straight save and 18th in 20 chances. But he allowed an RBI double to Dusty Coleman, who got his first major league hit. Jose Torres (5-3), who worked 1 2/3 innings, took the loss. Kyle Lloyd made his major league debut after being summoned from Triple-A El Paso. He pitched four-plus innings and was charged with four runs and six hits. He walked two and struck out two. “Some of the hits that fell in were definitely on the softer side,” Padres manager Andy Green said. Added Lloyd: “I just tried to make the most of the opportunity.” Myers’ fifth-inning sacrifice fly tied the score at 4. The Padres were aided by Asdrubal Cabrera’s error in his fourth career start at third base. The Mets chased Lloyd in the fifth after Granderson and Cabrera delivered consecutive doubles. Kirby Yates relieved Lloyd and gave up an RBI double to Cespedes in pushing the Mets ahead 4-3. Travis d’Arnaud’s RBI single pulled the Mets within 3-2 in the fourth. The Padres seized the lead in the second, fueled by two home runs. Allen Cordoba smacked his first homer since May 13, a two-run shot to push the Padres ahead 3-1. Hunter Renfroe homered in his third consecutive at-bat earlier in the inning when he smacked Lugo’s 77 mph curveball. Cespedes put the Mets up in the first with a solo shot, his 10th homer of the year and his fourth in six career games at Petco Park. “It has just been a matter of going for swings in the zone, swinging at better pitches,” Cespedes said.