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, Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ has popped up on their radar.Per NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, the Phillies have "definite interest" in acquiring Happ, and the Blue Jays have been scouting the Phillies' minor leagues recently.Happ knows the Phillies well. He was originally selected by the organization in the third round of the 2004 draft and pitched parts of four seasons with them from 2007-10 before being traded to the Houston Astros.The Blue Jays can start looking toward 2019 and beyond. They are currently 43-52 at the All-Star break, 14.5 games out of a playoff spot in the American League.Happ, 35, is in the final season of a three-year deal he signed with the Blue Jays in November 2015. The southpaw was named to the AL All-Star team this year after posting a 4.29 ERA with 121 strikeouts over 109 innings in 19 starts.The Phillies lead the National League East with a 53-42 record, but their margin of error is slim with the Atlanta Braves at 52-42. Philadelphia starters rank sixth in MLB with a 3.72 ERA, though the group can use depth with Zach Eflin on the disabled list and Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta each sporting ERAs over 4.30. CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani was a baseball triple-threat against Arizona on Friday night.DeSclafani struck out a season-high nine to outduel Clay Buchholz and singled before scoring one of Cincinnati’s two runs on Billy Hamilton’s suicide-squeeze bunt to help the Reds beat the Diamondbacks 3-0.DeSclafani (6-3) allowed three hits and no walks while pitching into the eighth inning of his second straight shutdown outing. He limited Washington to one run on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts in seven innings of a 7-1 victory last Saturday.“I had a good amount of things working today Kurt Suzuki Jersey
,” DeSclafani said. “I stayed out of the middle of the plate for the most part. I felt like this game was the most well put-together game.”The right-hander improved to 8-1 in his career when lasting at least six innings without a walk.“Anthony set the tone for the entire game,” Cincinnati manager Jim Riggleman said. “That was a good, old-fashioned ball game. That was a tough lineup he was facing. They’re in first place and have to come in here and win games. Anthony was up to the task.”“He was driving his fastball to both sides of the plate and did a good job with left-handed hitters, tying them up,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.DeSclafani gave way to Jared Hughes after allowing a leadoff single in the eighth. The NL West-leading Diamondbacks got runners to first and third before Hughes coaxed Alex Avila into a double-play grounder. Raisel Iglesias followed Paul Goldschmidt’s two-out double by striking out A.J. Pollock in the ninth for his 22nd save.DeSclafani also singled in the seventh and scored from first base on Buchholz’s throwing error on Hamilton’s bunt up the first base line, which drove in Tucker Barnhart. Buchholz fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw sailed into foul territory down the field line.“That was the first time I was ever a part of a play like that,” DeSclafani said. “I waited for Tucker to break. When I saw (third base coach Billy) Hatcher wave me around http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-dansby-swanson-jersey
, I thought, ‘This is kind of fun. Just don’t miss the bags.'”Riggleman considered having Hamilton bunt earlier in the count, but fearing a pitchout, waited until 3-1. It paid off.“He caught me a little off-guard, bunting on a 3-1 count,” Buchholz said.The Reds, opening a nine-game homestand as the Central’s last-place team and coming off a 2-7 trip, pushed a run across in the sixth on back-to-back leadoff singles by Jose Peraza and Joey Votto Ozzie Albies Jersey
, and Eugenio Suarez’s sacrifice fly to left, one step away from the warning track.Buchholz (5-2) saw his personal winning streak snapped at five over eight starts. He allowed eight hits and three runs, two earned, with two walks and four strikeouts in seven innings.LIKE OLD TIMESDeSclafani struck out at least nine batters for the fourth time in his career and first since Aug 27, 2016, at Arizona. His career high is 10 strikeouts.RAINY DAY FEELINGRain sent fans scurrying for cover in the middle of the first inning. They started returning to their seats in the bottom of the second. The start of the opener of Cincinnati’s last home stand, also on a Friday, was delayed 2 hours http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-mike-foltynewicz-jersey
, 55 minutes by rain.TOWEL TIMEReds OF Scott Schebler took Friday the next step in rehabbing the sprained joint in his right shoulder by throwing a towel without letting it go. Schebler has been out and unable to throw since July 14 after injuring his shoulder crashing into the right field wall trying to make a catch in St. Louis.MR. 1700Votto’s sixth-inning bloop single to center field was his 1,700th career hit. He is the ninth player in franchise history to reach that level.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: Votto started at first base after missing two games with a bruised right knee, the result of being hit by Ryan Madson’s pitch Aug. 4 in Washington.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: Opponents are hitting a combined .195 with 48 strikeouts in LHP Robbie Ray’s seven road starts this season.Reds: RHP Matt Harvey (5-7) has a 10.66 earned-run average in his three starts since the All-Star break.