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Cardinals‘ rotation. Now he needs to bounce back from his first bad start in six weeks.The right-hander gets the ball Friday night when St. Louis opens its last homestand of the regular season against the San Francisco Giants in Busch Stadium.After seven consecutive starts in which he had allowed no more than two earned runs while posting a 4-1 record and knocking his ERA down by nearly a full run Mark Melancon Jersey , Gant was rocked in a 17-4 loss Saturday by the Los Angeles Dodgers.Article continues below ...In 4 1/3 innings, Gant (7-6, 3.53 ERA) yielded six hits and six runs, issuing four walks and fanning four. Free passes have been his only real weakness during his solid stretch, as he has walked 18 in his last five starts covering 28 innings.“I just have to come out and bear down harder than that,” Gant said to mlb.com after losing to Los Angeles. “I can’t be walking those guys in that situation. I’ve got to be better for the team right there.”Gant will make his fourth career appearance against San Francisco and his second as a starter. He’s 0-0 in 10 innings with a 2.70 ERA.In his only start against the Giants this season, Gant gave up two runs, five hits and three walks over six innings, but did not get a decision in the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss.The Cardinals (84-69) can’t afford another short start from Gant, not with their postseason lives at stake. They start the weekend 1 1/2 games ahead of Colorado for the National League’s second wild-card spot and three games behind Milwaukee for the top wild-card position.St. Louis is also 5 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central but could put itself into position to challenge for the division title with some help. St. Louis closes the regular season next weekend with three games at Wrigley Field.St. Louis could have edged closer to Chicago on Wednesday but dropped a 7-3 decision in Atlanta. Still, manager Mike Shildt was pleased by taking two of three from the NL East leaders on their field.“If we win series, we’ll be fine Deion Sanders Jersey ,” he said to mlb.com. “Two out of three against a club leading their division? We feel pretty good about it.”While St. Louis is trying to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015, the Giants (72-81) are playing out a few weeks’ worth of string after fading from contention in August. All they can do is ruin others’ hopes.In Madison Bumgarner (6-6, 3.14), San Francisco has a pitcher who is known for breaking hearts late in the season. The left-hander, who’s finishing his second straight injury-shortened season, is coming off a 3-0 win Saturday over Colorado that saw him fire six shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.This will be Bumgarner’s first start in St. Louis since the 2014 NLCS, when he did what he does best in October — deal. He tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 1, notching a 3-0 win that started the Giants on the way to a 4-1 series victory.Bumgarner is 4-5 with a 4.61 ERA in nine regular-season starts against the Cardinals. He has started one game against St. Louis this season, allowing four runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, but getting the win in the Giants’ 13-8 victory on July 8. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When the regular season begins Alen Hanson Jersey , Ian Desmond will be the oldest center fielders in the majors at 33. He’s OK with that and so are his teammates on the Colorado Rockies.“He’s blessed,” Rockies left fielder David Dahl said Tuesday. “He’s a freak athlete. It’s a ‘getting better with age’ kind of thing. He’s a great athlete and takes care of his body and can run and in ’16, he was an All-Star there. We’re excited to have him out there.”For the first time this spring, the Rockies’ outfield was aligned the way it’s projected for the regular season with Desmond in center, Charlie Blackmon in right field and David Dahl in left on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.Desmond was an All-Star outfielder while with the Texas Rangers in 2016. He also was an All-Star shortstop in 2012 with the Washington Nationals. After playing primarily left field in 2017 and first base last year, Desmond will be in his third position in the last three years.“I’m excited for the challenge,” Desmond said. “I embrace the challenge of it. I’m glad they have confidence in me to do it.”“He’s motivated to play center,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He sees himself as a middle of the diamond defender — this guy grew up a shortstop and he sees the game from the center of the diamond.”Desmond worked on his perspective on Sunday. After playing two days in a row this spring, he spent batting practice in center just watching balls off the bats to track them. It gave him a chance to not only rest his legs a little while working on his reads.Desmond’s arm hasn’t been tested this spring but Black is confident the veteran will do fine.“He has a powerful arm,” Black said. “When he was at shortstop, he was voted to have the best arm in the National League. He’s got a cannon.”Desmond had to deal with injuries in 2017 and was limited to 95 games. He played in 160 games last season and Black says they’ll keep an eye on him as well as Blackmon, 32 Edgar Martinez Jersey , who is moving from center to right.“We think with Charlie, Ian, David, (Raimel) Tapia, (Noel) Cuevas, we feel we have a very solid defensive outfield,” Black said. “We’ll see. I’m extremely confident in Ian’s ability to play a very solid center field.”Dahl, 24, doesn’t doubt Desmond’s ability to handle the move.“I think Ian will be able to cover the ground in center and I’ll cover the ground in left and Charlie will do a good job in right so it’ll work out,” Dahl said.Desmond knows he’ll have to be conscientious regarding the altitude in Denver and staying healthy.“I’m not getting any younger,” he said. “I just have to make sure I’m in tip-top shape.”“You’re as young as you feel,” Black said. “With Ian Ryon Healy Jersey , he’s running as well as he’s run the last number of years so physically he’s fine. He’s moving well and the range factor I think will be just fine.”NOTES: The Rockies play the Arizona Diamondbacks in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday and Sunday. “The international part of MLB is growing,” Black said, noting there have been games in Japan, Australia and London. “I don’t know what the future holds but I’m thinking we’ll see more of this and someday maybe a team in Mexico.” The Rockies have yet to announce the travel squad but did say Blackmon, Cuevas and Tyler Anderson were among the players who will make the trip.


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