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BASEBALL

M 2 • MOnDAy • 06.25.2018

MLB NOTEBOOK

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

Yankees’ Sanchez is likely to go on DL

Stage is set for CWS finals

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is probably headed to the disabled after pulling up while running out a double-play grounder Sunday at Tampa Bay. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sanchez hurt his right groin, and “it’s probably going to be a DL situation.” Sanchez was injured in the 10th inning. He slowly walked back to the dugout and was replaced defensively by Austin Romine. “What can I say?” Sanchez said through a translator. “That’s the way baseball is sometimes. Now I’m just hoping it’s not a long time.” Sanchez will have an MRI exam Monday. Cubs’ Bryant day to day; Darvish scheduled to pitch • Cubs star Kris Bryant is day to day with a sore left shoulder. The third baseman missed his second straight start Sunday at Cincinnati but doesn’t expect to be out much longer. Bryant is hitting .280 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 66 games. The Cubs next open a series at Dodger Stadium. Separately, righthanded pitcher Yu Darvish is expected to throw 75 pitches or four to five innings of his first rehab start Monday with Class A South Bend. Darvish has been out since May 20 with right triceps tendinitis. Yankees’ Tanaka takes another step • New York Yankees righthander Masahiro Tanaka has cleared a key hurdle in his rehab program for strained right and left hamstrings, throwing 26 pitches in his first bullpen session. Tanaka, sidelined since getting hurt June 8 while running the bases in a game, threw before Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay. “I was kind of being a little bit cautious about it,” Tanaka said through a translator. “But it turned out that I didn’t feel anything.” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tanaka will throw off a mound again Tuesday at New York’s spring training complex in Tampa. That lines Tanaka up to pitch in a simulated game Friday. Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA in 13 starts. Tanaka could rejoin the Yankees, who have the majors’ best record, before the All-Star break next month. Mets’ Rosario held out • Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is being held out of the starting lineup as part of a mental break over the next couple of days. The 22-yearold is hitting just .249 and has struggled this month. “We brought him in and talked to him, sat him down and we’re going to make sure that we take these next couple of days to work on some things in his overall game,” manager Mickey Callaway said. The Mets have lost six straight. They’ve also dropped 13 of 14 at Citi Field heading into a home series against Pittsburgh. Oakland sets record • Oakland set a major league record when Mark Canha hit a drive to left on Carlos Rodon’s first pitch of the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox, extending the A’s streak to 25 straight road games with a home run. They had previously been tied with the 1996 Baltimore Orioles. They lost the game, 10-3. Marlins’ Smith heads to DL • Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith exited in the second inning with left shoulder tightness. Smith said he felt tightness on his second pitch to Tom Murphy to start the inning. He struck out Murphy on four pitches but after one pitch to Gerardo Parra, manager Don Mattingly and trainers went to the mound. After a brief conversation, Smith left. Mattingly said after the game that Smith will go on the disabled list and will have an MRI on Monday. “It’s super disappointing,” Smith said. “The DL is the last place I want to be. I want to go out there every fifth day and help my team out.” Associated Press

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Oregon State faces Arkansas in bid for redemption ASSOCIATED PRESS

OMAHA, NEB. • Oregon State has won 109 of 127 baseball games over two seasons with mostly the same cast of players. The Beavers see winning a national championship as the only way to validate their body of work. “Ultimately,” Beavers coach Pat Casey said Sunday, “nobody cares how many games you win unless you win the last one.” Standing between Oregon State (53-11-1) and the title is Arkansas (47-19) in the best-of-three College World Series finals starting Monday night. The Beavers lost their CWS opener and staved off elimination four times to reach the finals for the first time since 2007, when they won the second of two straight championships. The Razorbacks swept through their bracket in three games, knocking off defending champion and No. 1 overall seed Florida to make the finals for the first time in the best-of-three era. Arkansas was runner-up in 1979. Oregon State showed up in Omaha last year as the No. 1 seed and with a 54-4 record, the highest winning percentage (.931) of any team entering the CWS since Texas came in 57-4 (.934) in 1982. The Beavers won their first two games, then lost two straight to Louisiana State in a shocking end to the season. The Beavers have been on a redemption tour in 2018 with an everyday lineup including all but one player from last year and a pitching staff that returned two weekend starters. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn is in awe of what the Pac-12’s Beavers have accomplished. “To win that many ballgames, it’s almost amazing to me, because I how hard it is to win,” he said. The Razorbacks, previously in Omaha in 2015, have been ascending since going 26-29 and failing to make the tournament in 2016. They lost in a regional final last year and now play for the title. Like

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Oregon State pitcher Jake Mulholland reacts after the last out of the eighth inning of a CWS elimination game against Mississippi State on Saturday.

Oregon State, Arkansas has many key contributors back. The Razorbacks also have two of the best freshmen in the country in third baseman Casey Martin and left fielder Heston Kjerstad, who have combined for 27 home runs.

revealed he had pleaded guilty to molesting a young relative when he was 15. The university allowed him to return to the team this year. He served two years’ probation and went through a treatment program but has denied wrongdoing.

TWO-OUT TENACITY

ANOTHER SEC CHAMP?

Oregon State is batting .449 (35 of 78) with two outs, and 28 of its 47 RBIs have come with two outs. “I would prefer that they would start that a little sooner before we get two outs,” Casey said. “Maybe we can score a few more runs.”

PITCHING PLANS

Arkansas’ Blaine Knight (13-0) will start Monday, followed by Kacey Murphy (8-5) on Tuesday and Isaiah Campbell (5-6) if a game is necessary Wednesday. Casey didn’t name a Game 1 starter. Ace Luke Heimlich (16-2) would be coming off four days’ rest after not getting out of the third in either of his starts in Omaha. Heimlich’s appearances at the CWS have drawn reaction on social media but little to none in the stadium, other than support from Beavers fans. Last year, he left the team before the CWS after it was

Arkansas could become the fifth Southeastern Conference program to win the national championship since 2009. “This is my 16th year in the SEC, and the league was the deepest it’s been,” Van Horn said.

LOCAL SUPPORT

Lots of Omaha-area fans are cheering for Van Horn, who was at Nebraska from 1998-2002. Before returning to his alma mater, Van Horn led the Cornhuskers on their best five-year run, including two College World Series. “The five years I spent here were huge,” he said. “We took that program from basically last place in the Big 12 and everybody kind of thought, ‘Hey, you’re just a football school,’ to very respectable. It was really hard to leave. And there was only one place I would go, and that was Arkansas.”

All-Star voters ignoring Cardinals FREDERICKSON • FROM B1

risk of a rather significant snub. Last week’s data showed a threecatcher race among Buster Posey of the Giants (686,253 votes), Willson Contreras of the Cubs (596,111) and Kurt Suzuki of the Braves (557,692). It’s the NL’s closest race, the newsrelease proclaimed, but the name Molina could not be found. Turned out Molina was the only Cardinals player in the top-five at his position, checking in at fourth place with only 366,271 votes. The lack of votes for the Cardinals should not come as a shock. Fans who expect annual postseason contention are frustrated, and rightfully so. And other than Molina, which players can make a strong case? The heavy-hitting Jose Martinez deserves a look, but his defensive mistakes hurt his cause, and first base is a premier position. Michael Wacha was rolling until he landed on the disabled list. Miles Mikolas deserves a spot if he remains one of baseball’s best surprises. And yes, it would be fun to see rookie Jordan Hicks throw triple-digit heat against the AL’s best, though it might not be best for his overworked right arm. But remember, fans don’t have a say when it comes to pitchers. That’s on the players, managers and National League manager Dave Roberts. The only Cardinal at risk of truly being wronged is Molina, and it does matter. The 35-year-old continues to build his Hall-of-Fame argument. These accolades help, even if you don’t think they should. Molina is one All-Star start away from tying his friend and former teammate Albert Pujols’ fitting five. More important, he could be at risk of missing out entirely. His chances of making the team as a reserve might hinge on how many catchers the NL carries. Last year, both leagues took just two. Keep that in mind as you read the results of a recent Denver Post article that polled Rockies players on their picks. Posey, then Contreras, claimed the Mile-High consensus. No mention of Molina. “I don’t look at other catchers much, because I want to be me and catch how I want to catch, but Posey is always a guy who stands out every single time he plays,” Rockies catcher Tony Wolters told the Denver Post for the piece. Count Wolters among those who choose to ignore that Posey spends a significant chunk of his time playing first base instead of catching. More than 15 percent of

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Jose Martinez (left) celebrates his three-run home run with Yadier Molina during the fourth inning Sunday against the Brewers.

Posey’s innings this season have come at first. You would think a fellow catcher might care about such things. And while we’re at it ... Molina’s team has a better record than Posey’s. The rotation Molina oversees owns the league’s best ERA (3.37), checking in 10 spots ahead of the Giants (4.37). And while Molina has caught fewer base-stealers (four) than Posey (12), it should be noted that Molina has allowed 11 fewer steals, and fewer steals-per-inning. When picking between the two, wouldn’t you prefer the guy no one tests? Another thing: Molina is doing more damage offensively than Posey, and every other catcher who has received more votes. He leads that bunch in home runs (11), RBIs (31) and slugging percentage (.494). And get this: Posey doesn’t even lead his own team in home runs by a catcher. Often-used backup Nick Hundley, who has started 29 times,

has three more long balls than Posey. So please don’t tell me Molina missed too much time after the unfortunately placed foul tip that landed him on the disabled list and sent the Cardinals searching for Kevlar athletic cups. Despite a month-long recovery, only eight NL catchers have caught more innings than Molina’s 406plus. Only eight NL catchers have totaled more at-bats than his 174. Molina has made just three fewer starts at catcher than Posey, which should drive home how much time Posey spends not catching. My point? Molina’s injury has not stopped him from making a compelling case to be an All-Star starter. He’s much more deserving than Posey, with time left to strengthen his argument. Are Cardinals fans listening? Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred on Twitter bfrederickson@post-dispatch.com

Through Sunday’s games

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AMERICAN LEAGUE

BATTING .332 Gennett, CIN Markakis, ATL .328 Freeman, ATL .327 Almora, CHC .323 .318 Kemp, LAD Arenado, COL .318 Realmuto, MIA .308 Suarez, CIN .308 Crawford, SF .308 Herrera, PHI .305 HOME RUNS 19 Harper, WAS 18 Arenado, COL Goldschmidt, ARI 17 16 Aguilar, MIL Albies, ATL 16 16 Story, COL Suarez, CIN 16 16 Villanueva, SD 6 tied 15 RUNS BATTED IN 58 Story, COL 58 Suarez, CIN Arenado, COL 55 53 Freeman, ATL 51 Gennett, CIN 50 Aguilar, MIL Baez, CHC 50 Rizzo, CHC 50 49 Markakis, ATL Kemp, LAD 47 47 Martinez, STL Shaw, MIL 47 STOLEN BASES 23 Taylor, WAS 21 Turner, WAS Inciarte, ATL 20 16 Cain, MIL Hamilton, CIN 15 14 Marte, PIT Baez, CHC 13 13 Dyson, ARI Peraza, CIN 13 Hernandez, PHI 12 Jankowski, SD 12 SLUGGING PERCENTAGE Arenado, COL .595 Suarez, CIN .589 Nimmo, NYM .571 Freeman, ATL .565 .551 Kemp, LAD Realmuto, MIA .549 .532 Gennett, CIN Baez, CHC .530 .529 Belt, SF Goldschmidt, ARI .529 ON-BASE PERCENTAGE .433 Votto, CIN Freeman, ATL .415 Nimmo, NYM .403 Arenado, COL .403 Cain, MIL .394 .393 Belt, SF Markakis, ATL .392 .391 Suarez, CIN Bryant, CHC .383 .379 Hoskins, PHI RUNS SCORED Blackmon, COL 60 Albies, ATL 58 Goldschmidt, ARI 54 Hernandez, PHI 54 54 Pham, STL Arenado, COL 52 51 Yelich, MIL Cain, MIL 48 Freeman, ATL 48 Bellinger, LAD 46 Taylor, LAD 46 HITS Markakis, ATL 99 Freeman, ATL 96 Gennett, CIN 93 Anderson, MIA 88 Albies, ATL 87 Arenado, COL 87 Herrera, PHI 87 Blackmon, COL 83 Votto, CIN 83 Castro, MIA 81 Crawford, SF 81 Turner, WAS 81 BASES ON BALLS Harper, WAS 57 Votto, CIN 57 Santana, PHI 55 Bour, MIA 52 Hernandez, PHI 52 Goldschmidt, ARI 45 Schwarber, CHC 45 Freeman, ATL 44 Cain, MIL 43 Carpenter, STL 43 Hoskins, PHI 43 DOUBLES Markakis, ATL 25 Albies, ATL 23 Freeman, ATL 21 Hosmer, SD 21 McCutchen, SF 21 Anderson, MIA 20 Bryant, CHC 20 Carpenter, STL 20 Crawford, SF 20 Rendon, WAS 20 Story, COL 20 TRIPLES Marte, ARI 7 Taylor, LAD 7 Baez, CHC 6 Nimmo, NYM 6 10 tied 4 TOTAL BASES Freeman, ATL 166 Arenado, COL 163 Albies, ATL 162 Story, COL 155 Gennett, CIN 149 Goldschmidt, ARI148 Markakis, ATL 148 Herrera, PHI 144 Blackmon, COL 142 Peralta, ARI 141 EARNED RUN AVERAGE deGrom, NYM 1.69 Scherzer, WAS 2.09 2.10 Lester, CHC Foltynewicz, ATL2.16 Nola, PHI 2.58 Newcomb, ATL 2.59 Mikolas, STL 2.69 Gonzalez, WAS 3.08 Wacha, STL 3.20 Corbin, ARI 3.24 WON-LOST Scherzer, WAS 10-3 9-2 Lester, CHC 9-2 Nola, PHI Mikolas, STL 8-2 Newcomb, ATL 8-2 Wacha, STL 8-2 Suter, MIL 8-4 Godley, ARI 8-5 Stratton, SF 8-5 Greinke, ARI 7-5 Freeland, COL 7-6 7-6 Richard, SD Gray, COL 7-7 GAMES PITCHED Shaw, COL 41 Bradley, ARI 38 Chafin, ARI 38 Dyson, SF 38 Solis, WAS 38 Freeman, ATL 37 37 Guerrero, MIA 37 Hirano, ARI Jeffress, MIL 37 Peralta, CIN 37 SAVES Davis, COL 21 Doolittle, WAS 21 Hand, SD 21 Jansen, LAD 19 Boxberger, ARI 17 16 Morrow, CHC Vizcaino, ATL 15 Familia, NYM 14 Norris, STL 14 Vazquez, PIT 14 INNINGS PITCHED Scherzer, WAS 107.2 Nola, PHI 101.1 deGrom, NYM 101.1 Corbin, ARI 100.0 Richard, SD 100.0 Mikolas, STL 97.0 Greinke, ARI 96.0 Urena, MIA 94.0 Roark, WAS 92.2 Chacin, MIL 92.0 STRIKEOUTS Scherzer, WAS 161 Corbin, ARI 129 deGrom, NYM 126 Gray, COL 112 Greinke, ARI 102 Pivetta, PHI 101 Nola, PHI 99 Velasquez, PHI 97 Strasburg, WAS 95 Foltynewicz, ATL 94 COMPLETE GAMES Corbin, ARI 1 Foltynewicz, ATL 1 Mikolas, STL 1 Scherzer, WAS 1 Taillon, PIT 1 SHUTOUTS Corbin, ARI 1 Foltynewicz, ATL 1 Mikolas, STL 1 Scherzer, WAS 1 Taillon, PIT 1

BATTING Altuve, HOU .345 .338 Betts, BOS Segura, SEA .334 Martinez, BOS .325 Trout, LAA .325 Rosario, MIN .320 .318 Duffy, TB Brantley, CLE .316 Simmons, LAA .308 Gurriel, HOU .306 HOME RUNS 23 Martinez, BOS Ramirez, CLE 23 23 Trout, LAA Cruz, SEA 20 Davis, OAK 20 19 Betts, BOS Judge, NYY 19 19 Lindor, CLE Machado, BAL 19 Stanton, NYY 19 RUNS BATTED IN Martinez, BOS 60 58 Haniger, SEA Machado, BAL 55 Encarnacion, CLE 53 52 Davis, OAK Ramirez, CLE 52 51 Judge, NYY Mazara, TEX 51 Benintendi, BOS 50 50 Lowrie, OAK Rosario, MIN 50 STOLEN BASES Gordon, SEA 19 Davis, CLE 16 16 Merrifield, KC Anderson, CHW 15 DeShields, TEX 15 Betts, BOS 14 Segura, SEA 14 14 Smith, TB Trout, LAA 13 Benintendi, BOS 12 Iglesias, DET 12 Ramirez, CLE 12 SLUGGING PERCENTAGE .680 Betts, BOS Trout, LAA .661 Martinez, BOS .636 Ramirez, CLE .616 Rosario, MIN .581 .573 Cruz, SEA Escobar, MIN .563 Machado, BAL .558 .556 Lindor, CLE Judge, NYY .547 ON-BASE PERCENTAGE .461 Trout, LAA .421 Betts, BOS Altuve, HOU .405 Ramirez, CLE .402 Judge, NYY .393 Choo, TEX .393 Martinez, BOS .393 Benintendi, BOS .375 Simmons, LAA .373 .372 Lindor, CLE RUNS SCORED 63 Lindor, CLE Trout, LAA 62 58 Betts, BOS Springer, HOU 57 Benintendi, BOS 55 55 Ramirez, CLE Rosario, MIN 54 Martinez, BOS 53 Altuve, HOU 52 Segura, SEA 52 HITS Altuve, HOU 108 Segura, SEA 99 Martinez, BOS 93 Rosario, MIN 93 Castellanos, DET 92 Lindor, CLE 92 Jones, BAL 89 Machado, BAL 88 Trout, LAA 88 Lowrie, OAK 85 BASES ON BALLS Trout, LAA 67 Judge, NYY 54 Choo, TEX 52 Ramirez, CLE 50 Smoak, TOR 47 Bregman, HOU 46 Benintendi, BOS 41 Correa, HOU 36 Haniger, SEA 36 Springer, HOU 36 Upton, LAA 36 DOUBLES Escobar, MIN 33 Abreu, CHW 27 Lindor, CLE 24 Pillar, TOR 24 Andujar, NYY 23 Castellanos, DET 23 Bregman, HOU 22 Merrifield, KC 22 Altuve, HOU 21 Lowrie, OAK 21 Rosario, MIN 21 Segura, SEA 21 TRIPLES Sanchez, CHW 8 Benintendi, BOS 5 Hernandez, TOR 5 Jones, DET 4 Moreland, BOS 4 Profar, TEX 4 Smith, TB 4 9 tied 3 TOTAL BASES Martinez, BOS 182 Trout, LAA 179 Ramirez, CLE 175 Lindor, CLE 173 Rosario, MIN 169 Machado, BAL 163 Betts, BOS 155 Altuve, HOU 154 Escobar, MIN 152 Benintendi, BOS 151 EARNED RUN AVERAGE Verlander, HOU 1.60 Kluber, CLE 2.10 Severino, NYY 2.24 Bauer, CLE 2.44 Snell, TB 2.48 Cole, HOU 2.56 Sale, BOS 2.56 Morton, HOU 2.74 Skaggs, LAA 2.81 Clevinger, CLE 3.00 WON-LOST Severino, NYY 11-2 Kluber, CLE 11-3 Cole, HOU 9-1 Morton, HOU 9-1 Rodriguez, BOS 9-2 Verlander, HOU 9-2 Happ, TOR 9-3 Porcello, BOS 9-3 9-4 Snell, TB 5 tied 8 GAMES PITCHED Clippard, TOR 39 Diaz, SEA 39 Jimenez, DET 39 Alvarez, LAA 39 Bedrosian, LAA 38 Pressly, MIN 38 Farmer, DET 37 Ramirez, LAA 37 Tepera, TOR 37 5 tied 36 SAVES Diaz, SEA 27 Chapman, NYY 22 Kimbrel, BOS 22 Greene, DET 19 Kela, TEX 18 Rodney, MIN 17 Treinen, OAK 17 Allen, CLE 16 Colome, SEA 12 Giles, HOU 11 Soria, CHW 11 INNINGS PITCHED Kluber, CLE 111.2 Sale, BOS 109.0 Bauer, CLE 107.0 Verlander, HOU107.0 Cole, HOU 105.2 Severino, NYY 104.2 Berrios, MIN 103.0 100.2 Leake, SEA Manaea, OAK 100.2 Shields, CHW 100.0 STRIKEOUTS 153 Sale, BOS 146 Cole, HOU Bauer, CLE 140 Verlander, HOU 130 Paxton, SEA 124 Severino, NYY 123 113 Kluber, CLE Berrios, MIN 109 Morton, HOU 109 Bundy, BAL 108 COMPLETE GAMES Berrios, MIN 2 Carrasco, CLE 2 Paxton, SEA 2 11 tied 1 SHUTOUTS Berrios, MIN 1 1 Clevinger, CLE Cole, HOU 1 Heaney, LAA 1 1 Manaea, OAK Mengden, OAK 1 Paxton, SEA 1 1 Severino, NYY Verlander, HOU 1