Hall of Fame Barry Larkin not a candidate for Reds manager

Hall of Fame Barry Larkin not a candidate for Reds manager

CINCINNATI (AP) — Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin is not a candidate to become the Cincinnati Reds manager.

President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams said Tuesday that Larkin prefers to remain in his current role of helping develop minor leaguers.

A Cincinnati native, Larkin spent his entire 19-year big league career with the Reds.

Manager Bryan Price, who was fired on April 19 along with pitching coach Mack Jenkins after a 3-15 start. Bench coach Jim Riggleman was promoted to interim manager and Danny Darwin was brought up from Triple-A Louisville to replace Jenkins. Louisville manager Pat Kelly took over as Cincinnati’s bench coach.

Kelly, third base coach Billy Hatcher and first base coach Freddie Benavides were interviewed during Cincinnati’s series at Miami last weekend, Williams said. Riggleman and former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, who joined the Reds in spring training as a scout, also will be interviewed, according to Williams.

Cincinnati also has identified external candidates and hopes to have a manager in place by the end of October.

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Orioles-Red Sox postponed by rain; doubleheader Wednesday

Orioles-Red Sox postponed by rain; doubleheader Wednesday

Boston Red Sox fans hold up a 106 sign after the team’s 106th win of the season after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The Orioles notched their 111 loss of the season in the game. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — The game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed because of rain.

The teams were rescheduled for a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.

David Price (15-7, 3.53 ERA) is set to start the first game for the Red Sox and Chris Sale (12-4, 2.00) the second game.

Boston (106-51) has clinched the AL East and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Baltimore (45-111) has tied the franchise record for losses set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.

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LEADING OFF: Astros, Cubs can clinch; Wright makes comeback

LEADING OFF: Astros, Cubs can clinch; Wright makes comeback

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New York Mets’ David Wright walks through the dugout during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Washington. Wright has not played for the Mets since May 2016 because of neck, back and shoulder injuries. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

ON THE CUSP

Houston can clinch its second consecutive AL West title – and a best-of-five playoff matchup against Cleveland – with a win at Toronto and an Oakland loss in Seattle. Rookie right-hander Josh James (1-0, 2.81 ERA) makes his third career start for the defending World Series champions, already assured a postseason spot. Alex Bregman and the Astros, with the top road record in baseball at 53-22, are 99-57 overall and a major league-best 17-4 in September. ”Everybody is really excited about us closing in on 100 wins and closing in on a division title,” Bregman said, ”but there’s only one thing on our mind and that’s winning the World Series again.” The second-place A’s locked up at least a wild card Monday night.

PARTY CITY

Looking to wrap up a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the playoffs, the Cubs can punch their ticket with a win over Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field and a loss by either Colorado or St. Louis. Mike Montgomery (5-5, 3.75 ERA) pitches for Chicago, which leads the NL Central by 1+ games over Milwaukee. Montgomery has won all three career starts versus the Pirates and has a 2.30 ERA in nine outings against them.

THE WRIGHT STUFF

The Mets plan to reinstate captain David Wright from the 60-day disabled list when they host NL East champion Atlanta at Citi Field. Wright has been sidelined since May 2016 by back, neck and shoulder injuries that required surgery. Maybe he’ll even get in the game – manager Mickey Callaway has said he’d like to give Wright a couple of pinch-hit opportunities ahead of his farewell game Saturday, when the seven-time All-Star is scheduled to start at third base against Miami in what he expects to be his final big league appearance.

CENTRAL CASTING

Milwaukee sends Gio Gonzalez (9-11, 4.28 ERA) to the mound and St. Louis counters with rookie Austin Gomber (6-1, 3.63) in the second game of their big series at Busch Stadium. The Brewers won the opener to take a three-game lead in the wild-card race over the Cardinals, who are a half-game ahead of Colorado for the second spot. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three starts since he was acquired in a trade with Washington on Aug. 31. Gomber is coming off a solid start at Atlanta, allowing one run in five innings for an 8-1 victory.

NOW HIRING

San Francisco is searching for a new general manager after Bobby Evans was fired Monday. The team said Evans will be reassigned, with responsibilities to be determined. The Giants (72-85) are finishing up their second consecutive losing season. ”At this point, we needed to take a fresh approach to baseball operations,” CEO Larry Baer said. ”We’re looking for someone that sort of is the ‘next gen’ general manager, if you will.”

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Kershaw, Dodgers beat D-backs 7-4 to maintain NL West lead

Kershaw, Dodgers beat D-backs 7-4 to maintain NL West lead

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) looks in to check on Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (53) after hitting Walker with a pitch as Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo (17), third base coach Tony Perezchica (8) and Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes (15) all look on during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Phoenix. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 7-4. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — David Freese homered and had three hits, leading Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4 on Monday night to maintain their lead in the NL West.

Manny Machado had two RBIs for the Dodgers, including a groundout deep into the shortstop hole with the bases loaded in the seventh inning that brought in Yasiel Puig with the go-ahead run. Los Angeles added three ninth-inning runs to stay 1 1/2 games ahead of Colorado, which routed Philadelphia 10-1 at Coors Field.

The defending NL champions have won six of seven.

Freese finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and is batting .375 since joining the Dodgers at the beginning of the month. Kershaw (9-5) pitched six innings, allowing three runs and six hits in his fifth start against Arizona this season. He struck out six and walked one.

Ketel Marte homered and drove in three runs, all off Kershaw, and A.J. Pollock went deep against closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth. The Diamondbacks, already eliminated from playoff contention, have lost four straight and eight of nine.

With the Dodgers trailing 3-2 to start the seventh, Yasmani Grandal walked and Puig came through with a pinch-hit single off reliever Andrew Chafin (1-6). Brad Ziegler came on and gave up a pinch-hit single to Max Muncy that tied it 3-all.

With one out, Freese singled to load the bases before Machado knocked in the tiebreaking run. The Dodgers scored three runs in the ninth on two wild pitches by Yoshihisa Hirano and double by Machado that fell just short of a home run.

Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray went five innings, allowing two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Arizona tied it at 1 in the bottom of the first with Eduardo Escobar‘s single and Marte’s triple, which eluded Matt Kemp’s lunging catch attempt in right field. Marte’s homer landed in the seats in left-center in the third for a 2-1 Arizona lead.

Freese ripped a 1-1 fastball from Ray opposite field over the right-field fence, tying it at 2 in the fifth. That brought chants of ”Let’s go Dodgers!” from the many Los Angeles fans in the Chase Field stands.

PLAYING TO WIN

Before the game, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said he told Rockies manager Bud Black that the Diamondbacks would do their best to try to beat the Dodgers, even if they rested a regular or two. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked how much he can appreciate that Arizona is still competing.

”We would expect nothing less from Torey and the organization over there,” Roberts said. ”First class. They’re going to play 162 games, that’s what we’d expect.”

EJECTED

Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was ejected in the top of the ninth by plate umpire Joe West after striking out swinging.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP JT Chargois was reinstated from the disabled list. He missed more than a month with nerve irritation. ”I’m just proud of him to get back out there,” Roberts said.

Diamondbacks: 1B Christian Walker was partially hit in the face by a pitch from Kenta Maeda with two outs in the eighth and left the game with a bruise.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (7-5) brings a 2.74 ERA into his scheduled start Tuesday against Arizona. Opponents are batting .198 against the rookie.

Diamondbacks: RHP Matt Koch (5-5) is set to face the Dodgers. He’s won each of his last three starts at home since May 28.

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