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11.04.2019 06:02
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the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates was cancelled more than four hours before its scheduled 1:35 p.m. ET start time because of heavy rain that was expected to continue into the evening.The game was rescheduled for Oct. 1 Yolmer Sanchez Jersey , the day after the regular season is scheduled to end. It was not immediately clear if the game will be played if it does not impact the postseason race.The Pirates entered Sunday seven games out of the second NL wild card while the Marlins have already been eliminated.The Pirates wound up sweeping the shortened two-game series and went 5-0 on a homestand that included three games against the Cincinnati Reds. The Marlins have lost three of four games.Pittsburgh will play the rest of the season without right fielder Gregory Polanco, who has a bone bruise in his left knee. Polanco leads team with 21 home runs, 83 RBIs and 61 extra-base hits while batting .254 in 130 games.Polanco was injured Friday night and left the Pirates’ 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins in the sixth inning when he slid awkwardly into second base on a double. He also strained his left shoulder.In his last 17 games, Polanco hit .348.“He had made great strides,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “I really thought the improvement and the maturity — and that’s the word I’ll continue to use — he showed throughout the season, being an anchor in the lineup, continuing to work on his defense, stealing bases even in the month of September. He was intentional with all his work across the board.”Pittsburgh has evened its record at 71-71 with their winning streak.Rebuilding Miami is 56-85 after trading such lineup stalwarts as 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich Adam Engel Jersey , Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon and Justin Bour. The Marlins need to win six of their last 20 games to avoid what would be the third 100-loss season in the franchise’s 25-year history.One of the Marlins’ building blocks, rookie center fielder Lewis Brinson, is starting to turn his rookie season around since coming off the disabled list Sept. 1. He has gone 11 for 26 (.423) to raise his average to .206 in 91 games.Brinson, who missed nearly two months with right hip inflammation, was one of four prospects acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers for Yelich in January.“I want to just kind of be the player that I know that I’m supposed to be, and that I can be,” Brinson said. “Kind of just trying to finish up strong, have a strong end of the season and help this team win as many games as possible in September.”UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Jeff Brigham (0-1 http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , 9.00 ERA) will make his second start Monday night, facing Mets LHP Jason Vargas (5-9, 6.75) in the opener of a four-game series at New York. Brigham gave up three runs in three innings against Toronto in his major league debut Sept. 2.Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (12-9, 3.15) is scheduled to pitch against Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (1-3, 4.00) in the first game of a three-game series at St. Louis on Monday night. Williams is 6-2 with a 0.66 ERA in his last nine starts, allowing just four runs in 54 2/3 innings. BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates admittedly took a leap of faith when they re-signed Jung Ho Kang to a $3 million, one-year contract in November as a free agent.Kang missed the entire 2017 season because he was unable to obtain a work visa to travel to the United States following a third arrest for DUI in his native South Korea.Finally cleared to come to the U.S. last April, Kang sustained a wrist injury that required surgery while playing for Triple-A Indianapolis. He did return to the major leagues for the Pirates’ season-ending three-game series at Cincinnati.So far during spring training Lucas Giolito Jersey , Kang has not looked like he was away from the major leagues for so long. He has hit three home runs and played good defense while looking to win the starting third baseman’s job from incumbent Colin Moran.“It was uncharted territory coming in (to spring training) but he’s getting in his work and he’s knocking down different markers along the way,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “You have to like what you’ve have seen so far but it’s also still spring training. There’s a long way to go.”In 2015, Kang became the first native position player to make the jump from the Korea Baseball Organization to the major leagues when he signed an $11 million, four-year contract. He then hit a combined 36 home runs in his first two seasons before the DUI arrest derailed his career.The Pirates brought Kang back under the conditions that he give up drinking and also have a driver at all times.“There is no third chance,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “Jung Ho understands that.”The 31-year-old also has slimmed down considerably and is moving better than he has at any time since undergoing reconstructive knee late in the 2015 season when he finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting.Kang has also been putting extra time in the batting cages to recapture his swing, which included hitting 139 home runs in nine Korean seasons. He has impressed first-year hitting coach Rick Eckstein.“There is a high ceiling there, especially for someone who has missed a lot of game action for two years,” Eckstein said. “You can see why he was a good hitter at the major league level. The ball is jumping off his bat.”Though Kang his improved his English skills over the years, he uses an interpreter to help with interviews. However http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , Kang didn’t need a translator when asked if baseball is as easy as he has made it look after such a long layoff.“No, baseball is hard,” Kang said. “Very hard. That never changes.”NOTES: C Elias Diaz, who has been away from the team for two weeks because of a virus, is scheduled to be examined by team doctors Thursday. The Pirates have not elaborated on the nature of his illness. … RF Gregory Polanco is now throwing from 120 feet in his rehab from shoulder surgery and is expected to begin taking part in limited defensive drills next week.

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