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Sports LEADING OFF: DeGrom down for bit, Soto eases back with Nats

03:15  05 may  2021
03:15  05 may  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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DeGrom was getting tests to pinpoint the problem. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been baseball’s most dominant pitcher this season, with a major league-best 0.51 ERA in five starts, 59 strikeouts in 35 innings and just four walks. Still, he is just 2-2 as New York continues to Soto missed 10 games with a strained left shoulder and wasn’t in the starting lineup Tuesday night against Atlanta. Manager Dave Martinez said the injury no longer bothers Soto while hitting, but he is not yet ready to play the outfield. Soto was hitting .300 with two homers and eight RBIs in 14 games before getting hurt.

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DEJINXED

The Mets will see how ace Jacob deGrom fares this week after being scratched from his start at St. Louis when he had trouble getting loose during a pregame stretch.

The team said Tuesday that deGrom had inflammation in his right lat and wouldn't throw for the next few days.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been baseball’s most dominant pitcher this season, with a major league-best 0.51 ERA in five starts, 59 strikeouts in 35 innings and just four walks.

Still, he is just 2-2 as New York continues to have trouble scoring runs for him.

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Nationals star Juan Soto is hoping for a quick recovery after spraining his ankle in a win over the Mets on Sunday. The 20-year-old turned his ankle after getting a sudden stop sign from third base coach Bob Henley. Zack Greinke is set to make his second start with Houston, and the Astros will try to start another winning streak as they open a series in Chicago against the White Sox. Houston ended an eight-game winning streak in stunning fashion Sunday when Baltimore's Rio Ruiz hit a walk- off homer in the ninth inning.

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TAKE IT EASY

NL batting champion Juan Soto will be limited to pinch-hitting duty for now with Washington after coming off the injured list.

Soto missed 10 games with a strained left shoulder and wasn’t in the starting lineup Tuesday night against Atlanta. Manager Dave Martinez said the injury no longer bothers Soto while hitting, but he is not yet ready to play the outfield.

Soto was hitting .300 with two homers and eight RBIs in 14 games before getting hurt. He hit an NL-best .351 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Martinez did not provide a timetable for when Soto would return to right field but said he likely would be the designated hitter during this weekend’s interleague series at Yankee Stadium.

WHO’S OUT FIRST?

Hours after Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw had the shortest outing of his sensational career in a loss at Wrigley Field, Colorado starter German Marquez fared even worse at Coors Field.

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Russell remained in the game for a bit before being pulled as a precaution. The Cubs say he has a nasal Mets ace Jacob deGrom (8-8, 2.76) starts as New York hosts playoff-contending Arizona and right-hander Arizona had won 11 of 12 before losing to Cincinnati in walk- off fashion Sunday, while the Mets have DK Metcalf blows a TD, fumbles when he eases up before he crossed the goal line.

Kershaw lasted just one inning Tuesday, allowing four runs and falling to the Cubs 7-1 in the first game of a doubleheader. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner threw 39 pitches and was done.

“It wasn’t good,” Kershaw said. “There’s really nothing you can do at this point. It’s embarrassing. No excuses. I was horrible. I just put our team in a really bad spot with a doubleheader.”

Manager Dave Roberts called it “an outlier of an outing” and said Kershaw was “fine, health-wise.”

Marquez didn’t do the Rockies’ bullpen any favours, either, chased by the Giants in a 10-run first inning. He got only two outs before getting pulled, charged with eight runs on six hits and two walks.

The Dodgers and Rockies are both back in action after their relievers got a workout.

STRIKEOUT STREAK

Cleveland ace Shane Bieber tries to keep up his string of strikeouts when he starts at Kansas City.

The reigning AL CY Young Award winner has fanned at least eight batters in a major league record 18 straight starts. Bieber had shared the mark set by Randy Johnson in 1999-2000, then broke it by striking out 11 against the White Sox last week.

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The Nats had blown five consecutive save chances in Flushing and entered the game with a 6.07 ERA, worst in the National League. The Mets ended a season-best eight-game winning streak and lost for the second time in 17 games. Nationals star Juan Soto sprained his right ankle on Cabrera's bases-loaded hit in the seventh inning. Soto went from first to third but turned his right ankle after getting a late stop sign from third base coach Bob Henley. He spiked his helmet, was worked on by trainers in the outfield grass, and ultimately came out of the game.

Fresh off their wild Sunday night win, the New York Mets head to St. Louis on Monday to open a four-game series vs. the Cardinals . The Mets beat the Phillies , 8-7, Sunday at Citizens Bank Park, thanks to six-run rally in the eighth inning. The Mets escaped with a win after Rhys Hoskins ’ game-tying three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth was reversed on replay and ruled a double. Jacob deGrom was scheduled to start Monday, but the Mets pushed him back to Tuesday to give him an extra day’s rest. New York hasn’t named a starter for Monday and could turn it into a bullpen game with an opener.

Bieber (3-2, 2.76 ERA) has struck out 68 in six starts so far. In his second game of the season, he fanned 12 in 6 1/3 innings against the Royals in a no-decision.

HE MEANS BUSINESS

Baltimore left-hander John Means (3-0, 1.70 ERA) has been among the best pitchers in the majors this season. He’s coming off two wins against Oakland and now starts at Seattle.

An All-Star in 2019 before going 2-4 last year, Means gave up a season-high three runs in five innings against the Mariners on April 13.

IT’S A START

South Korean lefty Hyeon-jong Yang makes his first big league start after a pair of effective relief appearances for Texas.

The 33-year-old who played 14 seasons in his homeland has allowed two runs in 8 2/3 innings since joining the Rangers. Yang will pitch at Minnesota in place of Kohei Arihara, who got an injection for a sore right middle finger.

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Nationals' Juan Soto reinstated from IL but won't start yet .
WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals reinstated outfielder Juan Soto from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday, but last year's NL batting champion will be limited to pinch-hitting duty for now. Washington also reinstated right-handed reliever Will Harris from the IL, optioned right-hander Kyle McGowin to Triple-A Rochester and designated utilityman Hernán Pérez for assignment ahead of Tuesday's opener of a three-game series against NL East rival Atlanta. Soto has missed 10 games with a strained left shoulder. Manager Dave Martinez said the injury no longer bothers Soto while hitting, but he is not yet ready to play the outfield.

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