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DENVER — Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland Jack Morris Jersey , rs Field, will start Friday for the surging Rockies against the Washington Nationals.The Rockies took another step Thursday toward making the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in their 26-year history with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. A four-game sweep of the Phillies has extended Colorado’s winning streak to a season-high-tying seven games and reduced their magic number for a postseason appearance to two.In quest of their first National League West title, the Rockies (89-70) lead the division by one game over the Los Angeles Dodgers (88-71), who were off Thursday. The Rockies are two games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL wild-card spot. The Cardinals were also idle Thursday.Article continues below ...Freeland (16-7, 2.84) will oppose Joe Ross (0-1, 4.09), who will make his third start for the Nationals since returning from Tommy John surgery in July 2017.Freeland is 7-0, 2.10 in his past 10 starts, nine of which the Rockies have won. The Rockies are 22-10 in games started by Freeland, who has recorded 10 consecutive quality starts and 23 this season.He’s 9-2, 2.36 in 14 starts at Coors Field and ranks third in home ERA among NL pitchers, trailing only Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets (1.54) and the Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas (2.17).Freeland, 25, was 0-3, 5.85 after his first four starts this season. At that point, he and catcher Chris Iannetta realized Freeland had to come inside more often with his four-seam fastball to right-handed hitters. At the same time, Freeland was beginning to get better results from his changeup as a result of following a suggestion from bullpen coach Darren Holmes and dragging his left toe hard when throwing the pitch to take velocity off it.After those first four starts, Freeland has gone 16-4, 2.50 in his subsequent 28 starts, limiting opponents to a .229 average and .629 OPS.“It was early in the season,” Freeland said. “I knew there was a long way to go, and there’s no reason to wash this season just because my first four starts weren’t what I wanted them to be.“There were things I had to realize quickly and I did with the help of Chris and our pitching coaches Michael Fulmer Jersey , realizing we had to stay with my strengths. We have to pitch inside. We have to make the hitters uncomfortable. We can’t just let them get extension all the time and hope that that two-seam (fastball) just gets hit in the ground every single time, because that’s just not going to happen over the course of 30-32 starts.”Freeland is 1-0, 3.72 in two starts against Washington. Ross is 0-0, 9.64 in one four-inning relief appearance against the Rockies on April 25, 2017, at Coors Field.Ross gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings Friday in a 95-pitch start against the Mets and was the losing pitcher as the Nationals fell 4-2.“The uncertainty of how it will end, if you’ll be back, was the toughest part, I think, for me,” Ross told the Washington Post before his first start for the Nationals earlier this month, referring to his comeback from Tommy John surgery. “But I kind of just went day-by-day, and I am back here now, so it paid off in the end.” PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jerry Dipoto never met Ichiro Suzuki in person until the day he was reintroduced as a member of the Seattle Mariners during spring training in 2018.Suzuki’s one request for the hoopla that surrounded his return to the Mariners was the news conference and ensuing activities be kept, in his words, “casual.”“The entourage arrived, and it looked like the CIA arrival for the president. It was dark windows, suburbans, and Ichiro rolled out and he walked into my office in what I can only describe as something off the runways type of suit,” Dipoto, the team’s general manager Leonys Martin Jersey , recalled. “It was like a $5,000 suit that looked as crisp and clean as you can imagine. Impeccable knot in his tie with the dark sunglasses. My first reaction to him was not to shake his hand and introduce myself or the like, I slapped him in the chest and said, ‘I thought we were going casual?’ He said to me, and this was my intro to Ichiro, he said to me, ‘To me, this is casual.'”That initial introduction for Dipoto to the World of Ichiro was only a small taste compared to what the Mariners are about to experience when they open the season in Tokyo with a pair of games against the Oakland Athletics. The most decorated player ever to export his talents from Japan to the major leagues is returning home for what could be a farewell to his Hall of Fame career on both sides of the Pacific.It will be nearly a week of celebration and hype surrounding Ichiro. And his teammates are perhaps more excited, more eager than the star himself to see how massive the reception will be.“I can’t imagine what that’s going to be like. I want to see what it’s like when Ichiro Suzuki walks down the street in Tokyo,” said Seattle pitcher Wade LeBlanc, who spent the 2015 season pitching in Japan. “He’s a God over there. I don’t throw that around lightly, either. I’m excited to see it.”There is no question Suzuki will be on Seattle’s roster for the two games March 20-21 in Japan. He signed a minor league deal before the season, but with the intention of being on the expanded major league roster against the A’s. After Japan, there have been no promises about what, if any, role Suzuki will have with the team.This may have only heightened the anticipation for seeing what happens in Japan knowing this could be the career finale for the 45-year-old outfielder.“You’re talking about a whole country that just cherishes that he is theirs. … He’s just such a special player and someone that transcends both leagues, both cultures and really done incredible things that are almost a little bit unbelievable,” Seattle’s Jay Bruce said.LeBlanc joked that he wants to strap a camera to his head, hang back about 30 yards and watch the reaction from onlookers if Suzuki goes out in public. Of the current Mariners roster, Dee Gordon has the longest relationship with Suzuki from their time playing together in Miami.“It’s much-needed for him. Not just being in Japan but being in your home country as who he is, and who he is respected as, he deserves it http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey ,” Gordon said. “I want to see him happy. I want to see how happy it makes him. I know he’s going to be all professional but I actually want to see if we can get a reaction out of him. Some type of emotion.”This won’t be the first time Ichiro playing in his home country creates all sorts of hoopla. He had four hits in the 2012 season opener in Tokyo when the Mariners and A’s last made this trip. But at that point, the twilight of Suzuki’s career was not on the horizon. He had yet to be traded to the New York Yankees, had yet to get his 3,000th major league hit, had yet to fully solidify his spot as a potential first-ballot Hall of Famer whenever his retirement becomes official.His future beyond these two games in Japan is cloudy. Suzuki could decide this is it, saying goodbye in front of his countrymen. He could return to Seattle and try to earn a spot on the Mariners roster. He could move into a hybrid role like the one he had last year when he started the season on the active roster due to injuries and eventually shifted into an advisory position.While he wouldn’t comment about Suzuki’s future, Dipoto did give a glimpse of the scenario he would love to see come to fruition.“He’s in the lineup on opening day, and that as the flashbulbs go off, and he’s at the bat, he answers with an inside-out single to left field. That’s his trademark,” Dipoto said. “I know that Ichiro doesn’t run the way he did maybe 15 years ago, but he still runs above average, shockingly, for a 45-year-old man. I would love to see him get on base and do the things that Ichiro did 15, 18 years ago and excite the crowd and engage the community there in what we’re doing because I think the fact that the Mariners are going to play in this opening series in Japan, it’s kind of an homage to the franchise’s history with Japanese players. More so than our present attraction.“I think this provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute to Ichiro, to his career, and to all that he’s been to this franchise, and really to international baseball. It seems the right thing to do for everybody.”
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