Daily Horoscope — August 18, 2018

Daily Horoscope — August 18, 2018

You prefer people not to meddle in your affairs, so return the same gift to them. However, you have a specific goal in mind today and you are determined to reach it. Instead of being fixed in your opinion, listen carefully to what others want, especially those you love. You don’t have all the answers and, thankfully, that’s okay. Uncertainty makes room for magic. Don Miguel Ruiz said, “Every human is an artist. And this is the main art we have, the creation of our own story.”

Cardinals beat Brewers 5-2, pull closer in wild-card race

Cardinals beat Brewers 5-2, pull closer in wild-card race

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong (12) and Tyler O’Neill celebrate after scoring on a double by Kolten Wong during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs apiece, Jack Flaherty pitched six shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Friday night.

The Cardinals won for the ninth time in 10 games and pulled within a half-game of the Brewers for the National League’s second wild-card spot.

Milwaukee has dropped three of four.

Flaherty (7-6) gave up three hits, walked three and struck out seven. The Brewers had only two runners reach second base against the rookie, who has allowed two earned runs in his past 19 innings pitched.

Bud Norris earned his 24th save in 28 opportunities.

Freddy Peralta (5-4) went six innings, giving up three earned runs. He allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out five. It was his third loss in his last four decisions.

Wong’s two-run double in the eighth padded the Cardinals’ lead to 5-2.

Jedd Gyorko hit his 10th home run of the season to open the fourth. The shot to left field gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

St. Louis took an early lead after Ozuna followed Yadier Molina‘s single and a double from Jose Martinez with a hard grounder up the middle.

The Brewers threatened a comeback in the eighth. They loaded the bases against Jordan Hicks, and Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run single to pull the score to 3-2 with one out. But Travis Shaw fouled out to left field and Jonathan Schoop‘s flair to shallow center field was snagged by shortstop Paul DeJong.

ON BOARD

Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter was issued an intentional walk in the seventh and has reached base in 35 consecutive games. It’s the longest such streak in the majors.

TRAINING ROOM

Brewers: OF Eric Thames was removed from the game before the bottom of the third inning with a sore right knee. The right fielder collided with center fielder Lorenzo Cain while making a catch in the bottom of the first. … C Manny Pina was held out of Friday’s game as a precaution following a collision with the Cubs’ Javier Baez on Wednesday. Manager Craig Counsell said Pina should be available for the remainder of the weekend series, but wanted to provide another day of rest for his left shoulder that was hurt when he dove back into second against the Cubs.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) continues his rehab assignment and was available to work out of the Double-A Springfield bullpen on Friday. The Cardinals announced earlier in the week that Martinez, typically a starter, would serve as a reliever when he returns to St. Louis. The Cardinals hope to have him back next week . IF Yairo Munoz (right wrist sprain) begins his rehabilitation assignment in Springfield on Saturday. . RHP Michael Wacha (left oblique strain) is headed to Palm Beach, Florida to begin a rehab assignment. He went on the DL on June 21.

UP NEXT

Braves: LHP Wade Miley (2-1, 2.23) looks for his first win since he went seven innings July 21 in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was his longest outing of the season.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (12-3, 2.85) has won five consecutive games. He went seven innings in each of his last three starts and the Cardinals have lost just one of the past eight games in which he started.

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Marlins, Nats expect to score runs

Marlins, Nats expect to score runs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Saturday night’s game between the host Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins could be a high-scoring contest.

The Marlins, who are in last place in the National League East, will start left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (4-10, 5.32 ERA).

Washington, which is third in the same division, will start left-hander Tommy Milone (1-1, 5.24 ERA).

Chen has been strong at home but is 1-6 with a 10.27 ERA on the road.

Milone has a 5.54 home ERA and a 7.04 ERA at night, both ominous signs regarding Saturday’s start.

Chen will face a dangerous Nationals lineup that features six-time All-Star and 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper, who is in his prime at age 25.

The Marlins also have to be wary of teen-aged sensation Juan Soto, 19, a prime candidate for Rookie of the Year.

If that’s not enough offense, the Nationals also boast shortstop Trea Turner, who leads the majors with 32 steals; third baseman Anthony Rendon, who won a Silver Slugger award in 2014; second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is a three-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2015 NLCS; catcher Matt Wieters, who is a four-time All-Star; right fielder Adam Eaton, who twice led the American League in triples; and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, a two-time All-Star.

But even with all that firepower, Murphy seems to be most impressed with Soto.

“He’s special,” Murphy told mlb.com. “His swing is so fundamentally sound that he can do damage from foul pole to foul pole. That is unique for anyone, much less a 19-year-old.

“It seems like he rarely goes out of the zone. He takes his walks and doesn’t strike out a lot. It’s really special to watch.”

The Nationals (62-61) are looking to recover from a poor 2-5 road trip.

Washington’s bullpen isn’t in great shape as six of its relievers are on the disabled list, including All-Star Sean Doolittle and set-up man Kelvin Herrera.

The Nationals are facing a slumping Marlins team. Miami (48-76) has lost 15 of its past 17 games, including a season-high-tying six straight. The Marlins have also lost 12 straight road games.

Washington’s Max Scherzer, who leads the majors with 16 wins and also tops the strikeout charts, beat the Marlins 8-2 on Friday night.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly was ejected in the fourth inning of Friday’s game after he argued a called third strike on Miami hitter Derek Dietrich. Mattingly was upset about a pair of outside pitches given to Scherzer, who clearly needs no assistance to be dominant.

“I was frustrated,” Mattingly said. “That wasn’t the whole game. … But you get tired of seeing it, and (Scherzer) doesn’t need any help, especially on two 3-2 (counts). It wasn’t fun to watch.”

The Nationals slugged two homers on Friday — solo shots by Zimmerman and Wieters — and took advantage of a pair of Marlins errors.

Rookie left fielder Austin Deal was a bright spot for Miami, making his first major league a solo home run.

“It was good to see him get his first hit,” Mattingly said of Dean. “He’s had a good season (in the minors). The ball jumps off his bat. He is short to the ball. He has a chance to have success here.”

Ervin's leadoff home run in 11th lifts Reds over Giants 2-1

Ervin's leadoff home run in 11th lifts Reds over Giants 2-1

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Cincinnati Reds’ Phillip Ervin (27) is sprayed with water as he crosses home plate with a walk-off home run off San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Ray Black during the 11th inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

CINCINNATI (AP) — San Francisco Giants pitcher Casey Kelly had a big fan in the Cincinnati dugout – his dad, Pat, is the Reds bench coach.

Starting two days after pitching in relief, Kelly worked into the fifth inning Friday night. The Reds eventually won, 2-1 on a leadoff home run by Phillip Ervin in the 11th inning.

Ervin connected against Ray Black (2-2) for a drive over the center field fence for his third homer of the season. It was his first walkoff home run since his sophomore year at Samford against Auburn.

”It’s exciting. It’s a great feeling,” Ervin said. ”I knew it had a chance.”

The 28-year-old Kelly limited the Reds to one run in 4 1/3 innings despite giving up nine hits and a walk.

Kelly threw 1 1/3 innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday night. When the Giants put pitcher Dereck Rodriguez on the disabled list Thursday, Kelly was tabbed for his 10th big league start, and first since May 22, 2016, with Atlanta.

”As a starting pitcher, you always want to finish five or six innings,” he said. ”You want to go as deep into the game as possible.”

Kelly and his dad saluted each other before things got going.

”Once I threw that first pitch, it was me against the Reds,” he said.

Kelly made his major league debut with San Diego in 2012. He’s been sidelined with Tommy John surgery, and this was his third outing for the Giants.

”He got into traffic, but he kept his poise,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said.

”Kelly did a nice job under the circumstances, coming back on one days’ rest,” he said.

Among the Reds that Kelly faced was All-Star Scooter Gennett, a former high school teammate. Gennett finished with three hits.

David Hernandez (5-0) struck out two in a perfect 11th inning as the Reds ended a four-game losing streak.

Andrew McCutchen had three of San Francisco’s eight hits.

Cincinnati starter Anthony DeSclafani pitched a season-high 7 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and one run with one walk and five strikeouts. He retired 11 consecutive batters from the fifth into the eighth.

DeSclafani has pitched seven or more innings in each of his three starts with two wins and Friday’s no-decision.

”I know I’m capable of pitching into the seventh or eighth inning,” the right-hander said. ”It is good to string three or four good starts together. I’m feeling comfortable right now. I’m focused on locating pitches.”

The Giants’ bullpen turned in 5 2/3 shutout innings before Ervin’s blast.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the second when Tucker Barnhart doubled and Curt Casali singled. The Giants tied it in the third on Steven Duggar’s leadoff double, Kelly’s sacrifice and McCutchen’s single.

BACK ON TOP

Reds CF Billy Hamilton batted leadoff for the first time since April 26 against Atlanta. He had made 62 consecutive starts batting ninth.

WHO’S ON FIRST?

Barnhart, Cincinnati’s Gold Glover behind the plate, made the first start of his career at a position other than catcher, manning first base in place of the injured Joey Votto.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija threw 50 pitches to batters while getting up and down three times before the game. He’ll be evaluated on Saturday and could go on a rehab assignment Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy said. Samardzija has been on the disabled list since July 15 with right shoulder inflammation.

Reds: Votto went on the 10-day disabled list with a right lower leg contusion, the result of being hit by Ryan Madson’s pitch in Washington on Aug. 4.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (4-4) is 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA in six games at Great American Ball Park.

Reds: RHP Matt Harvey (5-7) went seven innings in his last start for the first time since April 21, 2017, for the Mets.

Stanton, Walker homer as Yankees top Blue Jays in 7 innings

Stanton, Walker homer as Yankees top Blue Jays in 7 innings

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New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton runs the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Giancarlo Stanton added an impressive opposite-field blast and the New York Yankees rallied for a rain-shortened 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

Stanton hit his 31st homer of the season into a party deck behind the home bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, and a batter later, umpires pulled the teams off the field amid rain at Yankee Stadium. The game was called with one out in the seventh after a delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Chad Green (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. In a scoring oddity, David Robertson got his third save despite not recording the final out of the game.

Rookie Gleyber Torres drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice off Joe Biagini (1-7) in the fifth.

Toronto jumped on starter Lance Lynn for four runs in the first inning. Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar each had RBI singles before Randal Grichuk walked to load the bases with two outs and Aledmys Diaz followed with a two-run single.

The Yankees, who were limited to just six runs in their previous three games against Tampa Bay, cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning against starter Marcus Stroman. Aaron Hicks worked a two-out walk and scored from first when sure-handed center fielder Pillar misplayed Didi Gregorius‘ triple in the gap. Miguel Andujar added an RBI double.

Torres doubled and Greg Bird worked a 10-pitch walk off Stroman in the fourth before Walker delivered his shot. It was Walker’s seventh homer of the season and put New York ahead 5-4.

Stroman gave up five runs and six hits in four innings. A graduate of Patchogue-Medford High School on Long Island, Stroman is winless in seven starts in the Bronx.

The Blue Jays chased Lynn in the fifth when Curtis Granderson doubled and scored on Devon Travis’ single.

Lynn was charged with five runs and six hits in four innings. He struck out five but walked three.

IT’S UP IN THE AIR

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said manager John Gibbons will lead the team through the remainder of the season before his future is addressed. Gibbons said last week he probably would not want to manage the club through a full rebuild.

Atkins thought the rumors regarding Gibbons’ future with the club were becoming a distraction.

”This game’s about the players, it’s about fans. It’s not about Gibby, it’s not about me. It will never be,” Atkins said.

An aging roster, injuries and lack of production has Toronto in fourth place in the AL East, 31 1/2 games behind first-place Boston.

Gibbons’ contract runs through the end of the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. He’s in his second stint as Blue Jays manager after returning to team in 2013, and led Toronto to the 2015 and 2016 AL Championship Series.

TRAINER’S ROOM:

Blue Jays: C Luke Maile was placed on the paternity list before Friday’s game. OF Billy McKinney replaced Maile on the roster.

Yankees: Manager Aaron Boone said there was some improvement with C Gary Sanchez (groin) and OF Aaron Judge (fractured right wrist). Sanchez increased his running Friday afternoon, which he didn’t see. ”I was out there for his defensive work where he was throwing the bases. He looked really good,” said Boone, who added Judge played some catch. ”I think there was a chance he could have a bat in his hand and doing some dry swings. We’ll see if that happens or not. Both guys progressing, so hopefully, it’s out there.”

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (0-1, 5.40 ERA) will be making his second major league start Saturday. Reid-Foley didn’t fare to well Monday at Kansas City, allowing three runs and six hits over five innings. He walked three.

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (15-6, 3.27) is coming off a tough start in have up four runs in four innings for the loss against the New York Mets on Monday. He’s 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last 4 starts against Toronto.

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