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BOSTON — Had things worked out differently Willie McCovey Jersey , Noah Syndergaard would be pitching four or five times a season against the Boston Red Sox.But on Dec. 12, 2012, the Toronto Blue Jays, in the American League East with Boston, included the former first-round draft pick in a mega deal to the New York Mets that brought defending Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Canada.Friday night, Syndergaard makes the second appearance of his major league career against Boston when he tries to cool off the sizzling Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.Article continues below ...Thursday night, the Red Sox finished off a three-game sweep of Syndergaard’s old team with a 4-3 win at Fenway, Boston’s 101st victory of this special season. They reduced their magic number for clinching the East to six over (the New York Yankees were idle Thursday).The Red Sox, who finished 15-4 against Toronto, are 101-46 and need just five wins in their last 15 games to break the franchise record for victories.J.D. Martinez hit his 41st homer and Craig Kimbrel earned his 40th save Thursday, making him the fourth pitcher with five 40-save seasons.Hector Velazquez, who has been an invaluable utility man on the Boston pitching staff, makes his eighth start of the season for the Red Sox. He is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA as a starter, 7-2 with a 3.29 overall.In Syndergaard’s last start, he was hit in the ribs with a line drive to cap a game that saw him allow 12 hits and four runs while walking five and raising his record to 11-3 (3.44 ERA). The start before that, he pitched the first complete game of his career, a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts at San Francisco.He is 3-0 in his last four starts and brings a 4-3 record and 4.45 interleague ERA into the game.The Red Sox have reached the 100-win mark for only the fourth time in their history — the first time since 1946 (1912 and ’15 were the others). The first three such seasons were in 154 games and this year’s team got No. 100 in its 146th game.Before Thursday’s game, manager Alex Cora http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-mel-ott-jersey , addressing the uncertainty of his bullpen setting up Kimbrel, said he may well use a group effort in the postseason.“No, I think we need versatility, guys that can match up with whoever we’re facing,” he said. “Fastballs up, breaking balls, slider, I think that’s the most important thing. You guys saw earlier in the season how we’re going with Joe (Kelly) and (Matt) Barnesy, and now that things are going this way, you see it with (Bobby) Poyner getting switch-hitters out and lefties.“You see (Ryan) Brasier coming in in the sixth inning or pitch in the eighth. It’s about who can get people out and how can we match up with whoever we play. That’s the most important thing. Obviously, those decisions will happen before we play (the American League Wild Card Game) or we play the Division Series. We’ll look at the matchups we like and the matchups we can exploit and we can go from there.”Boston opens a six-game New York/New York run this weekend — the Mets in for three before the Red Sox visit the Yankees for three next week. They could clinch the division on the field of their main rivals.The Mets come in with a three-game winning streak, including a double-header sweep of the Miami Marlins Thursday — on the day the emotional Mets captain David Wright met the media to essentially discuss the end of his career.Wright, who hasn’t played in a game since 2016, will be activated Sept. 25 for the final Mets homestand and then start against the Marlins on the 29th. Retirement is almost certain after that because of his numerous physical problems.“The way I feel right now and from everything the doctors have told me, there’s not going to be an improvement,” Wright said when asked if he could play again next season. “So, yeah, I don’t see that as a possibility.”Sunday’s game is set as a matchup of Chris Sale and Jacob deGrom. But Sale is slated to pitch a maximum of just three innings as he works his way back from shoulder inflammation. deGrom is the favorite to win the National League Cy Young despite his 8-9 record (1.71 ERA and little offensive support) Hunter Pence Jersey , while Sale was on track to win his first Cy in the American League before getting hurt — twice.Eduardo Nunez suffered a sore right knee Thursday and is considered day to day. He will not play for Boston Friday night. ATLANTA (AP) Ronald Acuna Jr. wasn’t surprised to see another member of the Braves‘ 20-year-old club win his first start for Atlanta.Kolby Allard, supported by a 19-hit attack that included three home runs, won his major league debut and the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 11-6 on Tuesday night.”We started together in rookie ball, so I’ve seen him pitch since then,” said Acuna, who hit one of the Braves’ three homers. ”It was just as I expected. He’s a great pitcher.”Allard (1-0), a 2015 first-round draft pick, said he didn’t have his best stuff. He allowed five runs , four earned, on nine hits and two walks in five-plus innings.”I went out there and battled,” Allard said.Braves manager Brian Snitker said Allard ”didn’t look overwhelmed” and wasn’t affected by rain that delayed the start of the game by 1 hour, 27 minutes.Luke Jackson pitched three perfect relief innings with four strikeouts.Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run double in Atlanta’s five-run fourth.Acuna drove in two runs with three hits, including a leadoff homer in the first. Nick Markakis added a two-run homer and Johan Camargo also homered.Ender Inciarte had four hits and Freddie Freeman had three with an RBI as Atlanta tied its season high for hits.The Braves, who have won three straight, remained one-half game behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East.J.T. Realmuto homered in the fifth off Allard , who was pulled after giving up three straight hits , including a run-scoring single by Magneuris Sierra, to open the sixth. Sierra drove in two runs with three hits.Allard singled in his first major league at-bat after collecting only one hit in 39 at-bats in his minor league career.”Check that box off: first game http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-williams-jersey , first win and first hit,” Allard said.Allard also reached base in the fourth, when first baseman Miguel Rojas bobbled his bunt following back-to-back doubles by Inciarte and Dansby Swanson. The error helped to set up the Braves’ five-run inning, capped by Suzuki’s bases-loaded, three-run double past third baseman Martin Prado.Dan Straily (4-5) allowed eight runs, five earned, on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.”They obviously hit him around pretty good,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ”He just didn’t seem to be sharp.”Allard became the second 20-year-old to start a game for the ”Baby Braves” this season, following Mike Soroka, who made five starts. Acuna also is 20.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: RHP Tayron Guerrero (left lumbar strain) came off the disabled list and was clocked at 102 mph before giving up Camargo’s homer in the sixth. Guerrero will move into what Mattingly said will be a ”high-leverage spot … some tough innings and some tough assignments” following the Ziegler trade.Braves: RHP Arodys Vizcaino, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 14 for the second time this season with right shoulder inflammation, is ”still a long ways from starting to throw,” Snitker said. Vizcaino has 15 saves and a 1.65 ERA. … RHP Peter Moylan (right forearm strain) was placed on the 10-day disabled list.LONG TIME COMINGMarlins outfielder Isaac Galloway was called up for his major league debut and entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh. He beat out an infield single in the ninth. The 28-year-old Galloway was an eighth-round pick in 2008. He played 947 games in Miami’s minor league system before his long-awaited promotion.DEADLINE DEALSEach team was busy at the non-waiver trade deadline before the game.The Marlins obtained prospects in deals that sent outfielder Cameron Maybin to Seattle and reliever Brad Ziegler to Arizona.The Braves acquired right-handers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for four prospects. Atlanta optioned outfielder Michael Reed to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for outfielder Adam Duvall, acquired from Cincinnati late Monday night.UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (2-2, 5.34 ERA) will make his sixth career start in Wednesday night’s final game of the series. It will be his first start against Atlanta.Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-3, 3.00) is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three career games against Miami.—

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