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31.01.2019 08:59
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in this position before. That’s the positive.That doesn’t mean he’s happy about it.Kipnis took fly balls in center field on Tuesday as he transitioned from playing second base after the Indians acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson in a trade last week from the Toronto Blue Jays.Donaldson’s arrival — he’s currently on the disabled list with a calf injury — has caused an infield shift. Jose Ramirez is moving from third to second Carlos Carrasco Jersey , dispatching Kipnis into the outfield. The former All-Star made a similar move last September, but those were different circumstances as Kipnis was coming off the disabled list and the Indians were thin in the outfield because of injuries.This time, Kipnis is being moved to accommodate a star who may help the Indians reach the World Series. And Kipnis has struggled all season.“I’m not going to make it about me this year,” Kipnis said before starting Tuesday’s game against Kansas City at second. “I understand what he can bring to the table and I’m hoping he does it. I’m excited for this team and this organization. I understand where they’re coming from and I understand that I probably put us in this situation with not having the year I’m capable of having.“It’s a little bit of cause and effect. But I’ve got a job to do. I show up every day and work hard and if that means switching positions, I’m switching positions. I look forward to most challenges. I’m excited to get going.”Donaldson worked out with the Indians after playing one game for Triple-A Columbus. Donaldson was placed on the disabled list Monday so he could rehab in the minors, and he hit a grand slam in the Clippers’ final game.Donaldson will resume his rehab stint with Double-A Akron. The 2015 AL MVP is eligible to be activated on Sept. 11.Kipnis could get some playing time in center before Donaldson is ready. He played 11 of Cleveland’s final 12 regular-season games there last year and started all five playoff games in the outfield.“I actually have some legs under me,” said Kipnis, who is batting .226 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs. “Having some kind of starting point to fall back on now is nice. We’re not just starting from eight years scratch or something like that. Do I love it? No. But I don’t have to love it. That’s the part. I’ve got a job to do. It’s OK as long as all of our goals are the same and that’s to win a World Series for this city and this organization, then you’re not really going to hear too many problems from me.”But unlike last year, Kipnis has to earn any playing time. Greg Allen has played in 70 games, and he’s better defensively than Kipnis.Indians manager Terry Francona explained to Kipnis that nothing will be given to him.“We feel like we’re a better team when Kip’s playing well Roy Oswalt Jersey ,” Francona said. “I told him, ‘You have to be our best option out there. And I told Greg the same thing.’ It’s a little unsettling. It’s a guy — I’ve known Kip for six years now. He’s been a guy that we’ve depended on. Now, all of a sudden you’re having a conversation with him that’s probably not exactly what he wants to hear, so it’s not the funnest thing in the world.“But I think the best way to start those is by being honest.” TORONTO (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Blake Snell boosted his Cy Young Award chances with another brilliant outing against the Blue Jays.Snell won his ninth straight start in Tampa Bay’s 5-2 victory over Toronto on Sunday and boosted his record to 21-5.“I think I’ll be telling my grandkids that I played behind him,” Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said.Tampa Bay remained 7½ games behind Oakland for the AL’s second wild card and would be eliminated with one more loss or win by the Athletics.Snell struck out 11 in 6 2/3 shutout innings, broke the Rays season record for wins set by David Price in 2012 and lowered his ERA to 1.90, the best in the AL.“Everything was good today,” Snell said. “I felt really good, felt in synch with my body.”Snell has not lost since July 12 and is 9-0 with a 1.03 ERA starting his streak with a win at Toronto on Aug. 10. He matched the Tampa Bay record for consecutive winning decisions set by Matt Moore from Sept. 29, 2012, to May 19 , 2013.With 175 2/3 innings, Snell trails fellow AL Cy Young candidates such as Houston’s Justin Verlander and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, both of whom have eclipsed 200. That doesn’t matter to Rays manager Kevin Cash.“I think he’s pretty much cemented his case that he belongs, not just in the conversation but right at the top of the list,” Cash said. “He’s been dominant now for a couple of months.”C.J. Cron and Brandon Lowe homered for the Rays, who are 16-5 in September and a major league-best 25-7 since Aug. 19.Tommy Pham reached base three times and scored twice as the Rays improved to 11-5 against Toronto thus year. He walked in the first, singled and scored on Joey Wendle’s two-out double in the fourth, then walked and scored on Cron’s two-out double in the sixth.Cron connected off Joe Biagini in the eighth, his 28th. Jose Fernandez walked Wendle, and Lowe followed with a two-run drive.Snell allowed three hits and walked two. Four relievers followed, including Sergio Romo J.R. Richard Jersey , who pitched around a pair of singles in the ninth for his 23rd save in 31 chances.Blue Jays rookie left-hander Ryan Borucki (4-5) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings.“I was just trying to keep this thing as close as we could,” Borucki said.END OF THE ROADTampa Bay finished the road portion of its schedule at 39-42, their best record away from home since going 41-40 in 2014.LEFT IN THE DUSTToronto is 15-36 against left-handed starters.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: Kiermaier stayed in the game after crashing hard into the scoreboard making a leaping catch on Randal Grichuk to end the fourth, but was replaced by Austin Meadows in the eighth. Kiermaier said his left shoulder was immediately sore following the play, and the pain got worse when he batted in the seventh. “You don’t want to push anything like that,” Kiermaier said. The two-time Gold Glove winner also made a great catch on Jonathan Davis‘ sinking line drive for the final out of the third, stranding a runner at first.UP NEXTRays: RHP Diego Castillo (3-2 3.25) will open for Tampa Bay as the Rays return home Monday to begin a four-game series against the New York Yankees. RHP Luis Severino (18-8, 3.38) is expected to start for the visitors.Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (7-13, 5.57) starts the opener of the three game series against visiting Houston. Estrada is 0-4 with a 9.43 ERA in his past five starts. LHP Dallas Keuchel (11-11, 3.71) starts for the Astros.

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