BOSTON — Had things worked out differently http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-russell-martin-jersey , Noah Syndergaard would be pitching four or five times a season against the Boston Red Sox.But on Dec. 12, 2012, the Toronto Blue Jays, in the American League East with Boston, included the former first-round draft pick in a mega deal to the New York Mets that brought defending Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Canada.Friday night, Syndergaard makes the second appearance of his major league career against Boston when he tries to cool off the sizzling Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.Article continues below ...Thursday night, the Red Sox finished off a three-game sweep of Syndergaard’s old team with a 4-3 win at Fenway, Boston’s 101st victory of this special season. They reduced their magic number for clinching the East to six over (the New York Yankees were idle Thursday).The Red Sox, who finished 15-4 against Toronto, are 101-46 and need just five wins in their last 15 games to break the franchise record for victories.J.D. Martinez hit his 41st homer and Craig Kimbrel earned his 40th save Thursday, making him the fourth pitcher with five 40-save seasons.Hector Velazquez Josh Donaldson Jersey , who has been an invaluable utility man on the Boston pitching staff, makes his eighth start of the season for the Red Sox. He is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA as a starter, 7-2 with a 3.29 overall.In Syndergaard’s last start, he was hit in the ribs with a line drive to cap a game that saw him allow 12 hits and four runs while walking five and raising his record to 11-3 (3.44 ERA). The start before that, he pitched the first complete game of his career, a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts at San Francisco.He is 3-0 in his last four starts and brings a 4-3 record and 4.45 interleague ERA into the game.The Red Sox have reached the 100-win mark for only the fourth time in their history — the first time since 1946 (1912 and ’15 were the others). The first three such seasons were in 154 games and this year’s team got No. 100 in its 146th game.Before Thursday’s game, manager Alex Cora, addressing the uncertainty of his bullpen setting up Kimbrel, said he may well use a group effort in the postseason.“No, I think we need versatility, guys that can match up with whoever we’re facing Joe Carter Jersey ,” he said. “Fastballs up, breaking balls, slider, I think that’s the most important thing. You guys saw earlier in the season how we’re going with Joe (Kelly) and (Matt) Barnesy, and now that things are going this way, you see it with (Bobby) Poyner getting switch-hitters out and lefties.“You see (Ryan) Brasier coming in in the sixth inning or pitch in the eighth. It’s about who can get people out and how can we match up with whoever we play. That’s the most important thing. Obviously, those decisions will happen before we play (the American League Wild Card Game) or we play the Division Series. We’ll look at the matchups we like and the matchups we can exploit and we can go from there.”Boston opens a six-game New York/New York run this weekend — the Mets in for three before the Red Sox visit the Yankees for three next week. They could clinch the division on the field of their main rivals.The Mets come in with a three-game winning streak, including a double-header sweep of the Miami Marlins Thursday — on the day the emotional Mets captain David Wright met the media to essentially discuss the end of his career.Wright, who hasn’t played in a game since 2016, will be activated Sept. 25 for the final Mets homestand and then start against the Marlins on the 29th. Retirement is almost certain after that because of his numerous physical problems.“The way I feel right now and from everything the doctors have told me, there’s not going to be an improvement http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-j.a.-happ-jersey ,” Wright said when asked if he could play again next season. “So, yeah, I don’t see that as a possibility.”Sunday’s game is set as a matchup of Chris Sale and Jacob deGrom. But Sale is slated to pitch a maximum of just three innings as he works his way back from shoulder inflammation. deGrom is the favorite to win the National League Cy Young despite his 8-9 record (1.71 ERA and little offensive support), while Sale was on track to win his first Cy in the American League before getting hurt — twice.Eduardo Nunez suffered a sore right knee Thursday and is considered day to day. He will not play for Boston Friday night. OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis hopes to continue to terrorize Texas Rangers pitching when the Oakland Athletics go for a second consecutive win in the three-game series Tuesday night.Davis bombed his 37th home run of the season off the window of a luxury suite well beyond the fence in center field in Monday’s 9-0 victory.It was his eighth home run in 14 games against the Rangers this season.Article continues below ...Davis totaled 10 homers in 18 games against Texas in 2016, the second-most ever hit in a single season against the Texas franchise. Mickey Mantle hit 11 in 17 games against the Washington Senators in 1961.The A’s still have five games remaining against the Rangers.The all-time record for an A’s player against any opponent was set by Jimmie Foxx in the Philadelphia Athletics days, when he hit 13 in 22 games against the Detroit Tigers.The A’s blasted four homers Monday, with two coming off the bat of rookie Ramon Laureano, the first two of his career.“We made the park look small for a night,” A’s manager Bob Melvin gushed afterward. “We’ve got some power. KD (Davis) hit one off a window.“I was joking in the dugout about these warm summer nights in Oakland, but they weren’t buying it.”The A’s will set their sights Tuesday on Rangers rookie right-hander Ariel Jurado (2-2 Kendrys Morales Jersey , 6.41 ERA), who two starts ago was torched by the New York Yankees for four homers.He’s lost his last two starts, roughed up for 12 runs and 16 hits, including five home runs, in 11 innings.Jurado has never faced the A’s.Oakland will counter with left-hander Brett Anderson (2-3, 3.90), who has been brilliant in August without much to show for it.In starts against Detroit, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle, he’s allowed two runs and 11 hits in 19 2/3 innings, but didn’t get a win in any of the games. In fact, the A’s lost two of three after totaling four runs of offensive support.Anderson got plenty of help when he faced the Rangers in Texas on July 23 in a 15-3 win. He limited the Rangers to two runs and six hits in eight innings.The 30-year-old is 2-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 12 games (nine starts) in his career against Texas.Anderson won’t have to face one of his toughest outs Jesse Barfield Jersey , Adrian Beltre, who missed his second consecutive game Monday with a severe hamstring strain.The injury had the 21-year veteran talking retirement before the game.“I’m not going to decide that until the offseason,” the 39-year-old insisted. “Everything on the baseball field, everything with my family, everything with how I feel mentally is going to be part of (the decision).”Rangers manager Jeff Banister related Beltre’s situation with that of another star athlete in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.“It’s the grind of getting ready to play. It’s the time from once they get up in the morning to game time and the preparation of playing,” he said. “Think about (Dallas Mavericks standout) Dirk (Nowitzki) and what he goes through on a daily basis to be prepared to play a basketball game.“If they fall out of love with that process, that is probably when it becomes very challenging for them. Then they really have to make a decision.”

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