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Tatis homers, 4 for 4 in return, Padres beat Rockies 3-0

Fernando Tatis Jr.’s return from the COVID-19 injury list was nothing short of extraordinary.

Cleared to play by Major League Baseball late Wednesday morning, the star shortstop got to the ballpark about an hour before first pitch, took a few swings in the batting cage and then played for the first time in 10 days.

“Go to that jungle, boy, survive,” he said. Did he ever.

Tatis hit a remarkable home run, went 4 for 4, finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and even did the splits after stealing second base, leading the Padres over the Colorado Rockies 3-0 for a three-game sweep.

Tatis missed eight matches. Forced to isolate at home, he said he was able to take just a few dry swings and went jogging one day. Otherwise, he said he did his best to stay mentally sharp.

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“It’s crazy. It’s crazy,” the 22-year-old Tatis said. “I was even feeling like kind of weird at shortstop, like, ‘Damn, is something looking different or is it just me?’ It’s a thing when you’re far from the game, but here we are, healthy, thank God.”

Tatis, who had been out since May 11, helped the Padres win their sixth consecutive game and for the ninth time in 10 games.

Jake Cronenworth had an inside-the-park home run and Joe Musgrove struck out 11 in seven innings. Craig Stammen struck out the side in the eighth, and Mark Melancon finished the two-hitter with a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 15th save in as many chances.

Manager Jayce Tingler said what Tatis did Wednesday “is incredibly unique. I don’t know how to explain it. There’s not many that can kind of roll out and be able to do that.”

Tatis came up in the eighth needing a triple for the cycle and got his third extra-base hit of the game, an RBI double. He did a little dance after reaching the bag.

“It would have been great if we would have checked the cycle out of my things to do list but we were a little short and it’s definitely something I’m looking to the future for,” Tatis said.

The Padres were 7-1 without Tatis, who was placed on the injured list before a match at Colorado on May 11. Right fielder Wil Myers and first baseman Eric Hosmer were pulled from that game, Myers after he returned a positive test and Hosmer due to contact tracing.

Tatis and Hosmer were activated before Wednesday’s match and Myers is expected back this weekend. Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo, also placed in the contact tracing protocol on May 11, returned Monday night.

Tatis drove the first pitch he saw from Chi Chi González to right-center field with two outs in the fourth for his 10th homer. Tatis, batting cleanup for the first time in his three-year big league career, singled leading off the second and then stole second, doing the splits after sliding feet-first.

The Padres have encouraged Tatis to cut back on head-first slides after he experienced left shoulder discomfort during spring training and then suffered a partially dislocated left shoulder on a hard swing on April 5 that landed him on the 10-day injured list.

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St. Louis Cardinals officially acquire Nolan Arenado from Colorado Rockies

The St. Louis Cardinals completed their blockbuster trade to obtain All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

St. Louis dealt left-hander Austin Gomber and four minor leaguers to the Rockies: infielders Elehuris Montero and Mateo Gil along with right-handers Tony Locey and Jake Sommers.

As part of the trade, Colorado will send cash to St. Louis to offset part of the money Arenado is due in his contract.

Arenado had been set to be paid $199 million over the remaining six seasons of a $260 million, eight-year contract. As part of his agreement to waive a no-trade provision, Arenado agreed to add a season to his deal, which now extends for seven seasons through 2027.

His deal had given him the right to opt out and become a free agent after the 2021 season. His new contract gives him the right to opt out and become a free agent after either the 2022 or 2023 season.

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“Many have heard me say that one of the great things about baseball is that you always have a chance to get better,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said in a statement. “Today we got better! A deal of this nature, acquiring a player of Nolan’s considerable talents, are the ones that can set you apart in many ways.”

The 29-year-old Arenado has hit .293 with an .890 OPS over eight seasons, averaging 35 home runs and 114 RBIs per 162 games. Aided in part by hitter-friendly Coors Field, he has led the National League in home runs three times and topped the majors in RBIs twice.

The Cardinals concluded second in the NL Central last season and lost a first-round playoff matchup versus the San Diego Padres.

Arenado will bump Matt Carpenter out of his role as the starting third baseman and play in an infield with All-Stars Paul DeJong at shortstop and Paul Goldschmidt at first base.

Arenado slumped during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, hitting .253 with eight home runs and a .738 OPS over 48 games before going on the injured list Sept. 21 with a bruised left shoulder. He earned $12,962,963 in prorated pay and won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove. Arenado led the majors with 15 defensive runs saved.

St. Louis brings back much of the same team that made last year’s postseason, including veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright, who finalized an $8 million, one-year deal Friday.

Wainwright is returning for his 17th season with St. Louis, matching Bob Gibson (1959-75) for the second-most seasons with the Cardinals among pitchers, one behind Jesse Haines (1920-37).

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Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies involved in four-player trade

The Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds agreed to a four-player trade on Wednesday, the teams declared. The Rockies will get right-handed pitcher Robert Stephenson and outfielder Jameson Hannah in exchange for a pair of right-handed pitchers, in Jeff Hoffman and Case Williams.

Stephenson, 28 come February, is the most seasoned of the four personalities involved. He’s appeared in more than 100 big-league games to date, accumulating a 5.15 ERA while walking nearly five batters per nine.

Stephenson, who appeared on a handful of top-100 prospect lists before debuting in 2016, has turned into a two-offering pitcher: a slider that coerced whiffs on nearly half the swings taken against it last campaign, and a rising mid-90s fastball. He’s out of options but should make the Rockies’ Opening Day bullpen.

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Hannah, on the other side, will join his third organization since being drafted in the second round in 2018.

He had previously been part of the trade that sent Tanner Roark to Oakland in 2019. Hannah has some bat-to-ball skills, but he lacks the power projection necessary to forecast him as a starting corner outfielder. He also lacks the arm strength to play right field.

On the other side of the ledger, the Reds could give Hoffman another chance to make it as a big-league starter. He’ll turn 28 in January, and he’ll enter the new season with a career 6.40 ERA in 68 appearances.

Hoffman threw three pitches more than 10 percent of the time in 2020: a mid-90s rising fastball, a mid-80s changeup, and a curveball. Both of his secondary pitches posted whiff rates exceeding 30 percent. Hoffman is also out of options and will have to be on the Reds’ Opening Day roster or otherwise will be exposed to the waiver wire.

Williams was chosen in the fourth round of the 2020 draft. He’s yet to make his professional debut. 

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Colorado Rockies vs Boston Red Sox

Colorado Rockies vs Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are 20-10 against teams below .500. They are 7-7 against teams .500 or better.

Boston looks to continue the trend of beating up on subpar teams this week when it hosts the Rockies for three games (Tuesday-Thursday).

The Colorado  Rockies are playing well enough to reside in second in the National League West but that isn’t good enough to snag a spot in the postseason if it began today. The Rockies took a step back in an 8-3 defeat at Fenway Park for their 5th loss in six contests. Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa was charged with seven runs on nine hits and three BB over 3.1 frames to absorb the loss. The Rockies offense couldn’t keep pace on six hits and a walk with Gerardo Parra driving in a pair while Charlie Blackmon went solo. Chad Bettis is shooting for back to back wins when he opposes the Red Sox for the first time in his career. Bettis knocked off the Cardinals 3-1 on the road last time out with the lone run scored on five hits and a pair of BB over 6.2 innings.

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The Boston Red Sox have their sights set on the top spot in the American League East. The Red Sox continued to play well Tuesday and have won four of five to stay in the Orioles shadow. Ace David Price picked up the win with all three runs allowed on five hits and a BB through seven innings while striking out six. Boston pounded out 12 hits and walked five times with David Ortiz going 2-4 with four runs driven in while Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia combined for five hits and four runs.Steven Wright toes the rubber for the first time in his career versus the Rockies. Wright did not receive a decision in a 3-2 loss at Kansas City with all three runs allowed on five hits in eight frames.

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Boston’s Lineup:

  • Mookie Betts, RF
  • Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  • Xander Bogaerts, SS
  • David Ortiz, DH
  • Hanley Ramirez, 1B
  • Chris Young, LF
  • Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
  • Josh Rutledge, 3B
  • Christian Vazquez, C
  • David Price, LHP (6-1, 5.53 ERA)

 

Colorado’s Lineup:

  • Charlie Blackmon, CF
  • Trevor Story, SS
  • Nolan Arenado, 3B
  • Mark Reynolds, 1B
  • Carlos Gonzalez, RF
  • Ryan Raburn, DH
  • Garrado Parra, LF
  • Dustin Garneau, C
  • DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  • Jorge De La Rosa, LHP (1-3, 10.18 ERA)

 

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies

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Pittsburgh Pirates (10-9) at Colorado Rockies (9-10)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
J Niese (3-0) (4.24) vs. Jon Gray (0-0) (9.00)
The Line: Colorado Rockies +120 / Pittsburgh Pirates -130
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to exploit the confines of Coors Field on Wednesday as they continue their series with the Colorado Rockies.

The Pirates head into Wednesday night’s game looking to build some momentum after a pretty successful night at the dish last night as they send Jonathan Niese to the bump as he will take on Jonathan Gray who gets the call for Colorado. The Pirates are considered to be legitimate playoff threats in the NL Central this season and with the lineup they have and recent playoff pedigree it is clear to see why as they have some guys who can hit the cover off the ball and with Andrew McCutcheon heating up it is bad news for the rest of the National League.

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The Rockies meanwhile are considered to be among the league’s worst and have some serious needs to address before they can be considered a playoff threat once again, and while they have a few nice pieces in the form of Nolan Arenado and Trvor Story they may have to stockpile some prospects with an unload at this year’s trade deadline, much like they did last year with Troy Tulowitzki. Colorado, as mentioned, will send Gray to the hill who hasn’t been factored into a decision yet and has an ERA of 9.00, while Niese is 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA and will look to keep it going against a Rockies side who has some power at the plate.

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Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves

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Where: Turner Field

When: 7:10 p.m.

Probable starting pitchers:

 Monday, August 24, 5:10 pm
Jorge De La Rosa (7-5, 4.50) vs.  Julio Teheran (8-6, 4.32)

Tuesday, August 25, 5:10 pm
Yohan Flande (3-1, 3.94) vs.  Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.06)

Wednesday, August 26, 5:10 pm
Jon Gray (0-0, 5.94) vs. Shelby Miller (5-10, 2.50)

The Braves slump home after an 0-7 trip to San Diego and Chicago, having lost 22 of their past 24 road games.

They begin a nine-game homestand Monday night with a manageable opponent in the Colorado Rockies, but even those meetings have gone poorly for the free-falling Braves this summer.

The Colorado Rockies are now done with a long home stand — one where they didn’t find a ton of success while facing three good-to-decent teams in the Padres, Nationals, and Mets.

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Now, they’ll get the opportunity to go back on the road, facing an ice-cold Atlanta Braves team this week before heading to Pittsburgh this weekend to face a very good ball club that’ll almost surely be in the playoffs come October.

Atlanta (53-71) completed a 0-7 trip with Sunday’s 9-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs, recording its longest overall slide of the season while falling to an MLB-worst 11-29 dating to July 8. The rotation has posted a 7.57 ERA on the skid and the staff as a whole has allowed 18 home runs – nine coming in the last two games at Wrigley Field.

The Rockies (49-73), who swept the Braves in four games July 9-12 in Colorado, are coming off being swept in three games at home by the New York Mets. Sunday’s 5-1 loss was their 11th in 13 games, and another would put them 25 games under .500 for the sixth season in franchise history and third time in the last four years.

The road, however, hasn’t provided a refuge. The Rockies have dropped four straight away games, and their 16-37 record since opening the season with six straight road wins is second-worst in baseball to the Braves (18-47).

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