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A couple veteran pitchers who are finishing

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A couple veteran pitchers who are finishing
January 29, 2019 06:52PM
strong after a rough season will square off Friday night in Detroit.Kansas City’s Ian Kennedy and Detroit’s Francisco Liriano have a combined 7-18 record with ERAs above 4.50. Yet both have delivered a couple quality starts this month.Kennedy (2-8 http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-kyle-gibson-jersey , 4.73 ERA) faced Minnesota in back-to-back starts after returning from a left oblique strain that put him out of commission for nearly two months. He pitched six innings and limited the Twins to one earned run in each of those outings.Article continues below ...Kennedy snapped his 17-game winless streak in his most recent start Saturday.“I just knew it was a really long time,” Kennedy told MLB.com. “It was a matter of time before it happened. Sometimes it’s out of your control. There are some times when I pitch bad and sometimes when you pitch good and things don’t work out. I was just happy to come back from the disabled list and pitch well.”Liriano (5-10, 4.54 ERA) had a similar stretch this season. When he posted a victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 4, it snapped a streak of 17 consecutive appearances without a win.He also picked up the victory in his last outing Sunday, holding Cleveland to three runs and five hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts. It helped that the Indians rested their regulars after clinching the American League Central the previous day.Liriano, 34 Logan Morrison Jersey , will become a free agent at the end of the season. He’s hoping to land another contract and a solid September won’t hurt.“It’s important to finish strong,” he told the Detroit News. “Not just for me but for the whole team. Just want to finish strong and then see what happens next year.”Tigers rookie left fielder Christin Stewart is certainly finishing strong. Stewart hit the first two homers of his career during the first two innings in the opener of the four-game series. The Tigers won the slugfest 11-8 in a game featuring seven homers.“I’ll remember this day for the rest of my life,” said Stewart, who drove in six runs.Stewart hit 23 homers at Triple-A Toledo before his September call-up.“Big smile on his face, I know that, and big home runs for us Tim Tebow Jersey ,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “This kid’s had a heck of a year and it hasn’t gone great for him so far offensively (with Detroit) and that just shows you a little bit of what he can do. He can get the barrel on the ball and put it in the seats.”Detroit was swept in a three-game home series by Minnesota before handing Kansas City its 101st loss this season.“We had a good night,” Gardenhire said. “We had a lot of guys swinging the bats and running around after a really bad series against the Twins, where they kicked our butts. It was nice to come back here and win a ballgame.”Liriano is 1-0 with a 2.28 ERA in four starts versus Kansas City this season and 8-5, 3.94 in 23 games (20 starts) in his career. Kennedy is 3-4, 3.59 in 10 starts versus Detroit, including a no-decision this season when he pitched six scoreless innings in the Royals’ 4-2 victory May 4. ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna’s chance to extend his three-game streak of leadoff homers was put on hold when the Marlins‘ Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch on Wednesday night Jay Bruce Jersey , triggering a melee that led to benches and bullpens for Atlanta and Miami emptying twice.Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker were ejected. Snitker had angry words for the pitcher as he led the first exodus from Atlanta’s dugout toward the mound.Urena’s fastball hit Acuna’s left elbow, leaving Acuna in obvious pain. Trainer George Poulis hovered over Acuna, who sat on the ground near the batter’s box while players swarmed near the mound.The Braves said X-rays on the elbow were negative and results of further tests would be announced on Thursday.The Braves won the game 5-2 to complete a four-game sweep.Snitker believed Urena intended to hit Acuna with the pitch.“I’ll be honest with you. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt like that in a baseball uniform,” Snitker said. “That was just my emotion. That kid didn’t deserve that.”Urena’s fastball was timed at 97 mph.“Fastest pitch he’s thrown all year and it was clearly intentional and it wasn’t right,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “Hopefully some things are done about it.”Order appeared to be restored until Acuna walked near the mound on his path to first base, took off a shin guard and tossed it to the edge of the mound. That led to players again spilling out of both dugouts and bullpens. No punches were thrown.Snitker was ejected by third-base umpire Paul Nauert http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-fernando-rodney-jersey , the crew chief. After the melee calmed down, the umpires huddled and then home plate umpire Chad Fairchild ejected Urena and warned both benches. That led to a protest from Marlins manager Don Mattingly.Following a long delay to allow right-hander Elieser Hernandez, who replaced Urena, to throw his warm-up pitches, Acuna remained in the game to run the bases.But Acuna’s stay was short-lived. He left in the top of the second, walking off the field after taking his position in left field. Snitker said Acuna’s forearm was cramping when he left the game in the second inning.Because he was forced from the game after being hit by the pitch in his only plate appearance http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-todd-frazier-jersey , Acuna will be eligible to continue his streak of leadoff homers in his next game.Urena has a history of control problems. Entering the game, he was tied for second in the National League with 10 hit batters. He tied for the major league lead with 14 hit batters in 2017.The 20-year-old Acuna entered the game on a rare power streak. He hit two homers in Tuesday night’s 10-6 win over the Marlins. He became the first player to hit leadoff shots in three straight games since Baltimore’s Brady Anderson led off with homers in four straight games in 1996.He tied the Atlanta record of five straight games with a homer, set by Brian McCann in 2006.Adam Duvall replaced Acuna in left field.
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