we’re a playoff team,” Arrieta said Monday after the Phillies

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we’re a playoff team,” Arrieta said Monday after the Phillies

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CLEARWATER Avisail Garcia Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Jake Arrieta has no doubt the Philadelphia Phillies will be successful this season.“Of course I think completed spring training with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.The 33-year old right-hander allowed two runs, six hits and struck out eight in over six innings. He induced 20 swings and misses.“Lots of empty swings,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “That was the most encouraging thing about the day. Super encouraging. Strong in his legs. Delivery was easy. Arm slot was perfect. I thought everything looked really good.”Philadelphia opens at home Thursday against NL East champion Atlanta. The Phillies transformed during the offseason, signing right fielder Bryce Harper to a $330 million, 13-year contract after adding left fielder Andrew McCutchen, shortstop Jean Segura and catcher J.T. Realmuto.Aaron Nola starts the opener for Philadelphia and Julio Teheran for Atlanta.“It’s exciting,” Arrieta said. “With the guys we’ve got, there’s not really a break in our lineup. It’s going to be a fun one.”Arrieta was a key contributor to the 2016 Chicago Cubs who won the team’s first World Series title in 108 years. He went 2-0 in the seven-game Series against Cleveland.Philadelphia, which led its division with the second-best record in the NL one week into August, lost 33 of its final 49 games.“A lot of guys in here remember the way it shook down for us, the way the season finished and we don’t want that to happen again,” Arrieta said.Philadelphia went 80-82 in its sixth consecutive losing season.“I think this team has a ton of potential,” Kapler said. “But we’ve got to stay focused every single day. Got to come to the ballpark with a game plan of doing the little things right. Running the bases hard and executing the fundamentals. If we do those things, I think we can do good things.”HOT HARPERHarper doubled to left center on a 95 mph fastball from Wilmer Font in the first and walked against Diego Castillo during the third. After starting 0 for 9 http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , the slugger closed out spring training with four hits — including a double and two homers — in his final eight at-bats. “I think Harper caught up pretty quick,” Arrieta said. “He’s one of the brightest stars in our game. If he stays healthy and is on the field for us, he’s going to put up some great numbers.” In his final plate appearance, Tampa Bay used a defensive alignment shifted toward the opposite field that left a large hole between first and second base. CLEVELAND — Two teams that have won their respective divisions three years in a row will meet Saturday night at Progressive Field for the second game of a three-game series that could be a potential preview of a postseason series.The 105-win Boston Red Sox, the American League East champions, will face the 85-win Cleveland Indians, the AL Central champs. The two teams split a four-game series in Boston last month. Boston beat Cleveland 7-5 on Friday night, the Red Sox’s 105th win of the season, tying the franchise record set in 1912.Saturday’s pitching matchup will be two right-handers, Boston’s Rick Porcello vs. Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger.Article continues below ...Porcello (17-7, 4.30 ERA) is coming off a 5-3 win over the New York Mets in his last start, on Sept. 15. In that game, Porcello pitched five innings, giving up three runs and two hits with five strikeouts and one walk.Porcello’s last start against Cleveland came Aug. 20. The Red Sox lost that game and Porcello took the loss, pitching seven innings and allowing five runs and six hits Bobby Jenks Jersey , with six strikeouts and one walk. In his career against the Indians, Porcello has made 23 starts and is 10-5 with a 3.51 ERA.Clevinger is on a late-season roll. In his last eight starts, he is 5-1 with a 1.85 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .189 batting average.Those numbers include his last start, a 15-0 win over Detroit on Sept. 15. Clevinger pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, with five strikeouts and three walks.Clevinger last faced Boston on Aug. 21, 2017, when he got no decision in a 5-4 Cleveland victory. He pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and four hits, with four strikeouts, four walks and two home runs allowed.Boston is not one of Clevinger’s preferred opponents. In two starts against the Red Sox last year, his only two career appearances against Boston, he was 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA. In 7 1/3 innings in those two starts, he gave up nine runs, 11 hits and eight walks.One of the hitters in Boston’s potent lineup that Clevinger will have to pay particular attention to is MVP candidate J.D. Martinez http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , who in his four years with the Detroit Tigers, wore out Cleveland pitching. Martinez is a career .308 hitter vs. Cleveland, and he has more home runs (18) and RBIs (54) against the Indians than against any other opponent in the major leagues.This year, Martinez is having a career year. He leads the league in RBIs (124) and is second in the AL in hitting (.330) and second in home runs (41).“Unless you make your pitches to him, he can do some damage,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He can pull it with power, hit it the other way with power. He’s taken things to another level this year. He’s really dangerous.”A key hitter for the Indians is third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was acquired in a trade with Toronto on Aug. 31, and is trying to get up to speed after spending most of the 2018 season on the disabled list with a strained calf.Donaldson was used as the designated hitter Friday night, and Francona said he will start at third base on Saturday and Sunday, the first time since joining Cleveland that Donaldson has played three games in a row.“He’s gotten himself in great shape, and it’s paying off,” Francona said. “We’re trying to play him enough without playing too much.”

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