CHICAGO — On a day when a national report suggested that his job might be in jeopardy should his Chicago Cubs not make a lengthy postseason run this fall Matt Ioannidis Jersey Elite
, manager Joe Maddon characterized the lineup he has planned for Wednesday as “interesting.”But before Maddon can unveil that lineup, his team heads into Wednesday with some unfinished business against the New York Mets. Heavy rains suspended Tuesday’s game with the Cubs and Mets knotted 1-1 in the top of the 10th inning. The game was suspended following a 53-minute delay and will resume at noon CT on Wednesday. The originally scheduled series finale will begin 45 minutes following the conclusion of the suspended game. Article continues below ...The Cubs will enter Wednesday having won six straight games and in position to maintain their current lead in the National League Central. Chicago’s success made Tuesday’s news surrounding Maddon’s future even more head-scratching. Maddon characterized a USA Today report surrounding his job security as “dumb” and told reporters he would like to continue with the Cubs beyond 2019 when his current contract is up. For now, Maddon is focused on the business at hand and called the conjecture in the USA Today report “uninteresting.”“I’m under contract,” Maddon told reporters Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I’m very happy with what I’m doing. When the time is appropriate, I’m sure we’ll discuss it further, but I don’t really understand (the report).”Once Tuesday’s game is concluded, Cubs’ right-hander Alec Mills (0-0, 1.71) will make his second major league start in the series finale. Mills was solid in his big-league debut when he allowed just one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Cincinnati Reds. Now, with the pressure of pitching in the majors out of the way, Mills will attempt to settle in Wednesday against the Mets. “Any time you can get something under your belt and get more used to it, it’s better http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/matthew-ioannidis-jersey
,” Mills said this week, according to the Tribune. “…The guys here are very welcoming. It makes it easier to feel like you fit in and deserve to be here.”Mills admitted to reporters that nerves were a factor in his starting debut last week. And although his stuff many not be overpowering, he has to work with what he has.“I got to beat (hitters) early,” Mills said.On Tuesday, the Mets shipped outfielder Jose Bautista the Phillies to allow the veteran slugger to go to a contending team. General manager John Ricco told reporters that the deal was done more to “do right by Jose” rather than about what the Mets got in return. After New York signed Bautista in May, he hit .204 with nine home runs in 83 games. Now, after dealing him on Tuesday, the Mets will give Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith more consistent playing time in the outfield.But they do so without losing sight of what Bautista did.“He came to us when we had some injuries and needed some stability,” Ricco told reporters, according to the team’s official website. “He’s not only provided that but did a lot more.”Jason Vargas (4-8, 6.96) will start for the Mets. Vargas has won his last two starts and is coming off an impressive six-inning outing against the Washington Nationals in which he did not allow a run and surrendered just three hits while striking out eight. Vargas is 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA in five career starts against the Cubs. KANSAS CITY Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey
, Mo. (AP) — Jakob Junis had just served up a home run to JaCoby Jones and a base hit to Jeimer Candelario, and the Royals‘ young right-hander could feel the inning starting to get away from him.So when he turned around to watch his infield turn a timely double-play on a grounder by Jose Iglesias, Junis wheeled right back around with the kind of fist pump rare for the soft-spoken starter.“That was a big at-bat,” Junis said. “Who knows if I would have gotten a chance to go back out.”Junis did indeed get to go back out for the ninth, and when he mowed through Detroit’s lineup one more time, he had his first career complete game. The six-hitter allowed Kansas City to roll to a 6-2 victory to begin a midweek, two-game set between AL Central rivals Tuesday night.Not only was it his first big league complete game, it was his first as a professional.“That’s a goal you set out to do,” said Junis, who improved to 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA in four starts against Detroit this season. “A great feeling to accomplish that. Hopefully more to come.”The only runs Junis (7-12) allowed came in the third, when Candelario managed a sacrifice fly, and the eighth Adrian Peterson Jersey Elite
, when Jones went deep. Otherwise, the young right-hander worked briskly and efficiently, with seven strikeouts and no walks producing his second win since May 18.“You have confidence against certain teams. Pitchers get that,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “You have success and that gives you confidence. You ride that.”Junis’ three previous wins against Detroit came in April and May, when he was off to a hot start, but he struggled throughout June and landed on the disabled list with lower back inflammation. But he’s been solid in eight starts since his return, cutting down his walks and home runs.“He wasn’t showing it, but he was very frustrated when he was going through that period. He’s not a robot,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Tonight he was pretty much in control the whole way.”Adalberto Mondesi went deep off Matthew Boyd (8-12) to lead off the third inning, and the Royals wound up batting around. Jorge Bonifacio hit a sacrifice fly, Hunter Dozier added a two-run double and Alcides Escobar wrapped up the big inning with a two-out single that gave Kansas City a 5-1 lead.That turned out to be plenty with Junis on the mound.Boyd, who threw six shutout innings against the White Sox his last time out http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/adrian-peterson-jersey
, wound up allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings. The Tigers’ right-hander dropped to 3-7 in 13 career starts against Kansas City, and he’s just 8-21 in 41 starts on the road.“I just got away from my fastball. Hats off to Mondesi, he hit my pitch,” Boyd said. “I lost a little feel for the fastball as the inning went on and that’s what happened.”Detroit could have used a gem from him as they opened a nine-game trip. They’ve lost four straight and five of six, their offense failing to score more than three runs in any of the defeats.STATS AND STREAKSJunis had the first nine-inning complete game by the Royals since Jason Vargas on June 2, 2017, against the Indians. … Royals 1B Hunter Dozier has six RBIs in his last six games. He had four in his previous 35. … Tigers LF Mikie Mahtook has reached base in 13 straight games.JONES RETURNSJones (right hamstring strain) was back in the lineup for the first time since hitting the DL on Aug. 13. OF Mike Gerber was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday to create a roster spot for him.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: LHP Daniel Norris (left groin strain) could start Saturday against the Yankees in New York, Gardenhire said. Norris has been sharp in rehab outings at Toledo after compiling a 5.87 ERA in five appearances for Detroit before getting hurt.Royals: OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) will rejoin the club when rosters expand Sept. 1, Yost said. … OF Jorge Soler (left toe fracture) will finish the season with Triple-A Omaha before he rejoins the Royals. That would mean Soler is expected back Sept. 4.UP NEXTTigers RHP Michael Fulmer tries to build on a solid start in his return from the disabled list, when he threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings against the White Sox last Friday. The Royals counter with LHP Danny Duffy as the teams wrap up their two-game series with a matinee Wednesday.