White Sox pitcher Farquhar fights for life after brain hemorrhage

White Sox pitcher Farquhar fights for life after brain hemorrhage

The jersey of Danny Farquhar of the Chicago White Sox, who is fighting for his life after emergency surgery to reduce swelling from a brain hemorrhage, hangs on the bullpen fence (AFP Photo/Jon Durr)

Los Angeles (AFP) – Major League Baseball pitcher Danny Farquhar was fighting for his life on Sunday after undergoing emergency surgery the day before to reduce swelling from a brain hemorrhage.

Farquhar, of the Chicago White Sox, was in a critical but stable condition following the surgery, USA Today reported.

“He’s a fighter, and he’s in the fight of his life right now,” team vice president Ken Williams told the paper. “They had to do another surgery, cracking his skull open, and putting a clamp on it. My God.”

The right-handed pitcher Farquhar passed out in the dugout late in Friday night’s game after getting two outs against the Houston Astros. He was treated at the scene by team doctors and ambulance personnel before being transported to the hospital. He was conscious during the trip to the hospital.

Williams said Farquhar is now in the neurosurgical unit of Chicago’s Rush University Hospital where he is expected to remain for at least three weeks.

“This certainly shows the fragility of life and how we take every day for granted. And it can change in a heartbeat. Literally,” Williams told the newspaper.

Farquhar’s family was at Friday’s game and are now at his bedside in hospital.

The 31-year-old Farquhar is 10-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 253 career relief appearances with Toronto, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Chicago.

Beal 'beyond mad' with calls, glad Wizards won

Beal 'beyond mad' with calls, glad Wizards won

WASHINGTON — An infuriated Bradley Beal held his head in disgust and was literally hopping mad at officials who called his sixth and final foul with 4:58 remaining in Game 4 after Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan ran into him chasing down an offensive rebound.

With the game and potentially their season hanging in the balance, the Washington Wizards managed to overcome the loss of their leading scorer and what they believed were “soft calls” by the officiating crew to even their best-of-seven series with a 106-98 win over the Raptors. Washington finished the game with a 14-6 John Wall-fueled run to win extend its postseason home winning streak to eight.

“We know what we can do to beat this team,” said Wall, who also dished out 14 assists. “We know what we got to do to stop this team.”

Beal scored 31 points before fouling out and watching Wall score eight of his 27 points in the last 3:50. Wall outscored the Raptors 8-6 while helping hold DeRozan (35 points) and Kyle Lowry (19 points) to four points during the last five minutes of the game.

With Beal out of the game, Wall shouldered the load for the Wizards. The All-Star point guard, playing in only his eighth game after undergoing knee surgery earlier this season, made or assisted on the final seven Wizards field goals and scored or assisted on 18 of Washington’s final 23 points according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Wall, who has 14 or more assists in three games in this series, also held DeRozan to two points and 1-for-5 shooting in the final six minutes.

“That’s John Wall,” center Marcin Gortat said. “I am glad he’s healthy. He is spoon-feeding me. I am getting fat now. Listen, if he plays the right way, he is the best point guard in the league. If he looks for his teammates and looks for the open possession where he can attack, he is the best.”

Washington struggled in the first half and fell behind 54-40 at the start of the third quarter. Frustrated by missed shots and fouls, the Wizards looked out of it as DeRozan went to the free throw line 12 times in the first half.

“I don’t know, I truly believe that some of those calls are very soft,” Gortat said. “I have never seen so many soft calls in playoffs, but I have to go back to the tape and watch it again. I may be wrong and had a bad angle.”

Beal clearly felt the officials had the wrong angle when they whistled the shooting guard for his sixth personal foul in the fourth quarter. He picked up his fourth on an offensive charge with 7:59 remaining, but Washington head coach Scott Brooks opted to keep him in with the Wizards trailing by six at that time. Beal scored six of his points to help Washington tie the game at 92-92 before fouling out when DeRozan ran into him chasing an offensive rebound.

Beal, holding his ground and hands up in the air, fell backward to the floor after DeRozan got tripped up on Beal’s right leg and hip chasing the ball toward the Wizards’ bench. Beal protested by hopping almost all the way to half court.

“When initially they called me for my sixth, I was beyond emotional, beyond mad, frustrated,” Beal said. “Pretty much any synonym you can add on that list. And I honestly thought they were going to kick me out of the game because I was so mad. I was happy they didn’t do that.

“I kind of gathered my emotions and thoughts and told my team that we are going to win regardless, because we still got John in the game and I love our chances.”

Now Washington feels much better about its chances, with the series shifting to Toronto and becoming a best-of-three now.

“We don’t look at the seeding or the numbers,” Beal said of the eighth-seeded Wizards being tied with the top-seeded Raptors. “That is just a number at the end of the day. That doesn’t determine who we are as a team, or the potential as a team. That is irrelevant.”

Hold that panic button: Cavs' role players step up to help LeBron and tie series

Hold that panic button: Cavs' role players step up to help LeBron and tie series

INDIANAPOLIS — Game 4 for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday followed many of the ongoing trends of their first-round series with the Indiana Pacers.

LeBron James, once again, was brilliant. The third quarter, once again, was problematic. And the Pacers, once again, played with no sense of fear for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions.

What was different for the Cavs — and the reason they are heading back to Cleveland with the series tied 2-2 — is that a cadre of Cavs role players stepped up with their best performances yet of the 2018 playoffs.

Yes, James’ 32 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists were the biggest determining factors in Cleveland’s 104-100 Game 4 win, but it was Kyle Korver‘s 18 points (including two clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter), JR Smith‘s 12 points (including an amazing 61-foot buzzer-beater to finish the first quarter) and Jordan Clarkson‘s 12 points off the bench (including going 5-for-5 in the first half) that pushed the Cavs over the top.

After dropping Game 1 on their home court, the Cavs have now won two of the past three games against Indiana, and if it wasn’t for blowing a 17-point halftime lead in Game 3, the series would be 3-1 in their favor.

Heading into the postseason, James warned this was a balanced Indiana team that the Cavs were getting tangled up with. He said that the razor-thin margin between the two teams — Cleveland the No. 4 seed, Indiana the No. 5 — wasn’t an accident.

The Cavs certainly aren’t out of the woods yet. George Hill missed Game 4 because of back spasms, and while Jose Calderon filled in amiably Sunday with five points on 2-for-4 shooting, two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes, missing a starter always sends a ripple effect through a rotation.

Then there’s a hungry Indiana team to contend with. The Pacers put all five starters in double digits in Game 4, and seven players total. Even though All-Star Victor Oladipo had another tough shooting night (17 points on 5-for-20 from the floor), Indiana was in it until the very end with big contributions from the likes of Domantas Sabonis (19 points on 9-for-12 shooting) and Myles Turner (17 points on 7-for-9).

As off as Oladipo was, the Cavs survived an even worse night from Kevin Love. He scored just five points on 2-for-10 shooting as he picked up two fouls in the first 90 seconds of the game and only continued to struggle from there.

As if the series — now reduced to a best-of-three — wasn’t must-see TV already, The Lance Stephenson Show reached a crescendo on Sunday with several standoffs with James and a tackle of Jeff Green that only escalated the growing animosity between the two teams.

Young guns on display when Marlins, Dodgers clash

Young guns on display when Marlins, Dodgers clash

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers will get a look at their future Monday night when Walker Buehler makes his starting debut against the Miami Marlins.

The club’s top prospect made his major league debut in 2017, but he was limited to a role as a late-season hard-throwing reliever, as the club was determined to keep his innings count low.

Buehler gave up eight runs in 9 1/3 innings in 2017, but four came in his second career outing when the moment seemed to overwhelm him. He finished the year giving up two runs over his final five innings, but was not added to the roster for the playoffs.

“September, obviously it was moving pretty quick for him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, according to mlb.com. “It was a learning process. But I think spring training he showed really well. I love his four-pitch mix and I think he’s going to come here and pitch well.”

Buehler saw only four innings of action in Cactus League games this spring, giving up just one hit without allowing a run. He made more of a showing in minor-league camp, then went 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 13 innings, he had 16 strikeouts and four walks.

The Marlins come to Los Angeles after getting swept in a four-game series by the Milwaukee Brewers. Justin Bour drove in both runs but the Marlins struck out 11 times in a 4-2 loss on Sunday and lost seven of their last eight games, winning only at New York against the Yankees on Tuesday in that stretch.

While the Dodgers are going with a youngster in Monday’s series opener, the Marlins will go with something of a hot pitcher. Left-hander Jarlin Garcia (1-0, 0.86 ERA) has been impressive in his transition to a starting role.

Garcia’s victory came in Tuesday’s 9-1 win at Yankee Stadium, seeing his streak of 10 consecutive hitless innings end in a game where he worked around five walks. In 11 innings in the starting rotation, he has given up just one hit.

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto isn’t about to make excuses for the club’s struggles, saying the field at Dodger Stadium on Monday is where the turnaround must begin.

“Nothing clicks unless you’re on the field,” Realmuto said Sunday, according to mlb.com. “It’s all about what you do in the batter’s box, what you’re doing on the mound. There’s not too much you can do to stop this ship until you go out there and perform and win games when the pressure is on the line.”

The Marlins head to Los Angeles facing a Dodgers team that is finally starting to play some quality baseball. The Dodgers have won five of their last six games, earning a sweep at San Diego and winning two of three against the Nationals over the weekend after Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run double, Cody Bellinger hit an RBI double and Corey Seager drove in the tiebreaking run in the seventh during a 4-3 win on Sunday.

The Dodgers are now 10-10, moving back to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 2-2 on April 1 when they split the opening four-game series of the season with the San Francisco Giants.

The Marlins will enter the three games at Dodger Stadium in last place in the NL East at 5-16, and are just 2-7 on the road. The two road victories are tied for the lowest in the major leagues.

Baseball notes: San Francisco's Belt has milestone 21-pitch at-bat

Baseball notes: San Francisco's Belt has milestone 21-pitch at-bat

Giants’ Belt has milestone 21-pitch at-bat

San Francisco’s Brandon Belt had a 21-pitch at-bat in an epic showdown with Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Jaime Barria in the first inning Sunday, the most pitches faced since records began being kept in 1988. The previous high was 20, when Houston’s Ricky Gutierrez struck out against Cleveland’s Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, according to Retrosheet. Belt fouled off 11 straight pitches before flying out. Belt was greeted with high-fives when he returned to the dugout after his at-bat lasted 12 minutes, 52 seconds.

It took nine pitches for Belt to work the count full, as he fouled off five pitches in the process. He swung and missed just once.

Barria threw 49 pitches in the first inning but did not allow a run. He lasted just two innings, giving up two runs, and threw 77 pitches in the Giants’ 4-2 victory.

Elsewhere • White Sox officials say reliever Danny Farquhar remains in critical but stable condition after collapsing in the dugout Friday and suffering a brain hemorrhage. Manager Rick Renteria said Sunday the club is keeping updates brief out of respect for the family.

“The best thing for us to do would be to give them space,” Renteria said. “Let the medical staff do what they can do and then at the appropriate time, everybody will let us know when it’s OK to go ahead and reach out and go see him.”

• The Rockies put outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with a sore hamstring. The team also announced that outfielder Gerardo Parra dropped his appeal and began serving a four-game suspension for being in a brawl against San Diego on April 11.

• Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer (ankle), Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini (knee) and Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia (ankle) are out indefinitely.

• Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb, who is on the disabled list because of a shoulder ailment, could rejoin the team Tuesday.

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