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DENVER — As a result of being forced to alter their rotation Carlos Gonzalez Jersey , the Colorado Rockies will start Chad Bettis on Tuesday in what will become a bullpen game against the Philadelphia Phillies.In the opener of a four-game series Monday, the Rockies (85-70) pounded the Phillies 10-1 for their fourth straight win and handed the Phillies (78-78) their season-high tying fifth straight loss.The Rockies are a half-game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second NL wild-card spot are 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Article continues below …Shortstop Trevor Story returned to the Rockies lineup for the first time since he suffered right elbow inflammation last Monday and went 2-for-5 with two doubles. Story has 80 extra-base hits and became the fourth NL shortstop to reach that mark joining Jimmy Rollins (88) and Hanley Ramirez (81) in 2007 and Ernie Banks (82 in 1955, 81 in 1958 and 80 in 1960).“We’re full throttle right now,” Story said. “It’s a great position to be in. These games really do matter. We’re not where we want to be, but we feel like we will be in a few days.”Jon Gray, who supposed to start on seven days’ rest Tuesday, instead started on Monday and worked seven innings when left-hander Tyler Anderson was scratched from his scheduled start due to shoulder soreness.Bettis (5-2, 5.18) last started on Aug. 12 and was then moved to the bullpen where he has made six appearances totaling 8 1/3 innings. Bettis has worked in low-leverage situations and will be pitching for the first time since Sept. 13 when he worked one inning and threw five pitches.Rockies manager Bud Black said he expects Bettis to throw between 30 and 50 pitches. He threw 30 pitches in 1 2/3 innings on Sept. 9.Bettis is 2-0, 1.93 in six games (four starts) against the Phillies, whom he last faced in 2016. The Phillies have been in a major tailspin since mid-August. They’ve lost 16 of 22 games this month and are back to .500 for the first time since April 10.Vince Velasquez (9-11, 4.59) will start for the Phillies. He’s 2-0, 3.95 in five starts against the Rockies and 1-0, 3.27 in two starts at Coors Field.The right-handed Velasquez has been far more effective against right-handed hitters, limiting them to a .204 average and .598 OPS in 309 plate appearances. Lefties are hitting .282 with a .870 OPS against Velasquez in 300 plate appearances.In his last start Thursday at Atlanta, Velasquez wasn’t involved in the decision in Philadelphia’s 8-3 loss. He gave up five hits and three runs in three innings. Velasquez has not gone more than four innings in each of his past three starts and is 0-1, 12.00 in those outings http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-dj-lemahieu-jersey , allowing 16 hits and 12 runs in nine innings.Velasquez threw 73 pitches in four innings Sept. 9 at the New York Mets, 44 pitches in two innings against Miami on Sept. 15 and 57 in three innings in his last start. The Phillies are very analytically inclined, but manager Gabe Kapler said Velasquez’s recent short outings are performance-related and not based on any metrics.“What I’ve shared with all of our starters and this is also somewhat true for our relievers is if you are the best option, all things considered, to get the next hitter or three hitters out, you will go back out,” Kapler said. “And so, for Vince, when he’s the best version of Vince, he’s hard to take out of a game. I literally have to think about reasons why to take him out. I’m not putting any artificial limitations on Vince.” CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians’ sprint to another division title has turned into a crawl.Andrew Miller gave up two RBI doubles in the seventh inning as Cleveland’s march to a third straight AL Central championship was slowed by the Detroit Tigers, who beat the Indians 5-4 on Friday night to end a 10-game losing streak at Progressive Field.The loss prevented the Indians from reducing their magic number to secure a postseason berth that has been a foregone conclusion for months. But Kansas City’s win over second-place Minnesota dropped the Indians’ number to one and they can celebrate with a win on Saturday.Miller, making his third appearance since coming off the disabled list, relieved Adam Cimber (0-2) in the seventh, but couldn’t stop the Tigers from snapping a 2-2 tie.Jeimer Candelario, who homered in the first off Josh Tomlin, doubled home one run and Victor Martinez also doubled off Miller Gerardo Parra Jersey , a former All-Star who has been on the DL three times and has not been as dominant.Lately, the wins have been less frequent for Cleveland. The Indians are just 5-8 in September and are not clicking on all cylinders with October coming quickly.“But it’s a long season and guys go through things throughout the course of the season,” said Tomlin, the Indians’ longest-tenured player. “We’ve all seen it. We’re all just trying to get on the same page, just trying to play out style of baseball as much as we can. Once it clicks and once we get on a roll, it should be pretty good.”Down 5-2, the Indians scored twice in the ninth against closer Shane Greene, who finally retired Francisco Lindor on a fly to right with the tying run at second.Josh Donaldson homered and went 2 for 4 in his home debut for Cleveland, and Edwin Encarnacion connected for his 31st homer.Donaldson was pleased to contribute, even in a loss.“It’s been a while since I’ve had this type of adrenaline going through my body,” said the 2015 AL MVP, who was sidelined for more than three months by a calf injury. “I’ve had to try to take a step back, breathe a little bit more, try to slow the game down. I’ve been pretty excited to be here and play the last couple games. To have a little bit of success tonight was nice.”Drew VerHagen (3-2) got two outs in the sixth and Greene worked a shaky ninth for his 29th save.Tigers starter Matthew Boyd held the Indians to just one hit until the sixth, when former Toronto teammates Encarnacion and Donaldson tied it with consecutive homers.First, Encarnacion hit a towering shot into the left-field seats.After returning to the dugout following his “walking the parrot” home run ritual http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-todd-helton-jersey , Encarnacion had just peeled off his batting gloves when Donaldson got the green light on a 3-0 pitch and lifted it over the wall for his first hit in eight at-bats with the Indians.The moment was one Cleveland fans are hoping to see again in October from Donaldson, who was acquired from the Blue Jays on Aug. 31.HEAD’S UP PLAYDetroit’s JaCoby Jones scored what ended up being the winning run in the eighth inning on a daring play.Jones was on second when a third strike went to the backstop. When Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes threw to first, Jones never stopped and scored with a headfirst slide into the plate.“You have to have courage to be able to do things,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “You also have to have speed and good instincts. He’s got those. That was really exciting. It pumped everybody up.”SLOW STARTTomlin made his first start for the Indians since May 21, but was in trouble right away. Candelario connected for a 422-foot homer on the game’s third pitch.It was the 23rd homer allowed by Tomlin in just 55 2/3 innings. Tomlin’s habit of giving up homers was one of the reasons he was dropped from the rotation earlier this season, and perhaps why his career could be coming to a close.TAKE COVERGardenhire was able to laugh after being struck on the left leg in the dugout by a screaming foul ball hit by Brian McCann in the sixth.“It hit me right in the calf,” said Gardenhire, who retreated to the other end of the dugout after being hit. “Not hard, but it hit me. That hasn’t happened very much. I wasn’t that fast when I was young, and I know I’m not now.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: INF Niko Goodrum (bruised left quad) was not in the lineup and could miss several days. While playing shortstop on Wednesday, Goodrum collided with left fielder Christin Stewart while chasing a fly ball.Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer will pitch off the mound Saturday as recovers from a broken leg that has sidelined him since Aug. 11. Manager Terry Francona said Bauer recovered nicely after throwing 20 to 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Wednesday and the team is encouraged by his progress. Bauer will soon begin a regular running routine and undergo another MRI.UP NEXTMike Clevinger, who is 6-1 with a 2.15 ERA against AL Central teams, makes his third start this season against the Tigers. Michael Fulmer goes for Detroit.
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