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 breakout season Yolmer Sanchez Jersey , while Jose Urena wants to avoid a repeat.The two opening day starters square off Thursday when the Colorado Rockies play the Miami Marlins. Like their teams, the pitchers have very different outlooks on the season.Urena is an easy choice for the Marlins because he’s 23-19 over the past two seasons, while the other four pitchers in their young rotation have a combined career record of 13-23. The right-hander lost his first seven decisions last year, which was largely a function of poor run support, and may be the reason he’s taking a long view toward his second opening day start.“We don’t look for just one outing,” Urena said. “We look for maybe 35 or 36 outings.”Freeland blossomed into the Rockies’ ace in his second major league season last year, when he went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA, the lowest in a full season in franchise history. With that achievement he earned his first opening day nod.“It’s a great feather in the cap for Kyle,” manager Bud Black said. “Anybody who’s named opening day starter, that’s a special day. We’re all so very proud of Kyle and what he has accomplished the first couple years of his career.”Freeland is backed by an imposing lineup led by All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who will begin earning his new $260 million, eight-year contract. The batting order will also include All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, the season’s first batter, and first baseman Daniel Murphy, making his Rockies debut. They’re coming off consecutive postseason appearances and aiming for the first NL West title in franchise history.Following Freeland to the mound this weekend will be German Marquez on Friday, Tyler Anderson on Saturday and Jon Gray on Sunday. In an era of decreasing emphasis on workhorse starting pitchers, the Rockies hope to get a lot of innings out of their young rotation.Freeland pitched 202 1/3 innings last year to rank ninth in the majors.“Every team is going to be different Adam Engel Jersey ,” the left-hander said. “Some are old-fashioned, where they use their five starters and let them go as deep as possible in the game. That’s kind of our brand of baseball. It shows the trust that Bud has in us.”The Marlins will try to scratch out runs against Freeland — and everyone else. As they begin the second season of CEO Derek Jeter’s rebuilding effort, they don’t have a player who batted over .278 last season or hit more than 12 home runs.“We’re trying to build this thing with athleticism, with speed,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We’re going to try to put pressure on teams in different ways. It goes back to using your personnel the best way possible.”The Marlins may be hard-pressed to match last year’s win total of 63, but for what it’s worth, they won 11 games in a row in spring training. That tied the franchise record set in 1997, when they went on to win the World Series.“The fact that we were able to win some games is not a bad thing,” Mattingly said. “I’m not saying it’s going to be a huge thing for us going forward, because we know we’re going to be 0-0 to start the year.” DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers avoided some of their worst-case scenarios this season. They didn’t finish last, or all that close to it.In the end, however, they had the same record as in 2017, and the franchise still seems a long way from contention.“Not everything is going to go perfect. As you know, some things are going to turn out good, some not,” general manager Al Avila said. “I feel we had a good year for the first year of our rebuild. We played with a lot of players that made their major league debuts. We saw some good performances and we saw some that were not as good.”Detroit went 64-98 http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , the same record the Tigers had last year, when they ended up tied for the worst record in baseball. There were a few teams worse than that this season, which may have contributed to the sense that Detroit was exceeding expectations.The Tigers are hoping some of the prospects in their system turn into players they can build around. In that respect, 2018 has been inconclusive. Detroit hasn’t yet been able to bring a significant number of top prospects to the majors.“This is just the beginning. If you think we are young now wait until next year,” said Ron Gardenhire, who was in his first season managing the Tigers. “We’ll see. That’s the goal is to get all these young kids up here and play them. Triple-A is going to be full of prospects. Guys that are knocking on the door.”PROSPECT WATCHOutfielder Christin Stewart, Detroit’s No. 6 prospect according to mlb.com , made his big league debut this season, playing in 17 games. He hit 25 home runs in the minors this year. The team’s top five prospects on that list are all pitchers, and they’re at varying stages. Casey Mize, the top pick in this year’s draft, made five starts in the low levels of the minors. Franklin Perez, who came to the organization in the trade for Justin Verlander in 2017, was limited to seven minor league starts this year by injury problems . Matt Manning, Alex Faedo and Beau Burrows have all pitched at Double-A, and they’ll be prospects to watch in 2019.PAYROLLDetroit shed a lot of salary in 2017, trading Verlander and Justin Upton. Victor Martinez’s big contract comes off the books now Lucas Giolito Jersey , but as a rebuilding team, the Tigers aren’t likely to be big spenders in the short term.“I don’t know what payroll is going to look like. It could very easily come down, it could stay neutral,” Avila said. “I’m trying my best not to make it any higher because that’s not where we want to go. It’s my goal to set up the organization’s foundation moving forward for success.”CABRERA’S HEALTHOne player still with the Tigers who has a huge contract is Miguel Cabrera, whose future production is certainly in doubt at age 35. Cabrera played only 38 games this year before being lost for the season because of left biceps surgery.FULMER’S FUTUREThere are times when Michael Fulmer looks like exactly the type of cost-controlled player the Tigers need — but now the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year is recovering from a knee issue. Fulmer’s 2018 showing wasn’t terribly encouraging: He went 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA.BRIGHT SPOTSReliever Joe Jimenez made the All-Star team, although the 23-year-old right-hander did not have a very good second half. Outfielder Nicholas Castellanos had a fine season with the bat, hitting .298 with 23 home runs.“As far as a multiyear contract with Nick, it’s something where we have to, at this point, figure will he be here when we are ready to contend for the playoffs? That’s the big question,” Avila said. “If you are going to tell me over the next couple of years we’re going to be a team that’s going to be going to the postseason, that would be an easy thing to answer and say we want to try to keep Nick around. But right now, we are trying to assess if he could fit.”


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