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, dead last in the major leagues in attendance, conclude their 2018 home schedule Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.The Marlins, who are averaging just over 9,000 fans per game, trail the next-worst team, the Tampa Bay Rays, by more than 200,000 in total attendance.Miami’s 2018 attendance is the worst by a major league team since the Expos’ final season in Montreal in 2004.Article continues below ...Sunday’s home finale likely won’t draw big numbers either as the Marlins (61-93) have the worst win-loss record in the National League, and the Reds (66-90) are also a last-place team.In addition, the Marlins will have to compete with the NFL as the Miami Dolphins — off to a promising start at 2-0 — will host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Marlins and the Dolphins are set to start at 1 p.m. ET.Meanwhile, Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has indicated that manager Don Mattingly will be allowed to return in 2019 to fulfill the final season of his four-year contract.“Is he going to be back in 2019?” Jeter said when asked. “He’s under contract, so yeah.”Jeter, who was used to winning or at least competing for World Series titles during his days as a New York Yankees shortstop, is having to preach patience with this Marlins team.“Where we are starting from, the only way to go is up,” Jeter said. “This is a transitional year for us to learn as much as possible about the organization.”In Sunday’s game, Miami will start rookie right-hander Trevor Richards (3-9 Authentic Kerryon Johnson Jersey
, 4.95 ERA). Cincinnati gives the ball to right-hander Michael Lorenzen (3-1, 3.03).Richards, who has struck 113 batters in 112 2/3 innings, is known for his changeup, which often gets swings and misses down in the zone.However, he has not won a game since he beat the Philadelphia Phillies on July 14.In three starts this month, he is 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA.Meanwhile, Lorenzen broke into the majors in 2015, pitching in 27 games (21 starts) and posting a 4-9 record with a 5.40 ERA.But Lorenzen was strictly a reliever in 2016, when he posted a 2-1 record and a 2.88 ERA, and again last year (8-4, 4.45 ERA).This year, Lorenzen was again a reliever for his first 42 appearances, but in his only start, he allowed one hit, one walk and one run (unearned) in four innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.It was his first start after having made 151 consecutive relief appearances.“I’ve been saying, ‘Give me a chance! Give me a chance!'” Lorenzen said after his Reds beat the Brewers 3-1. “They gave me a chance against a good lineup Authentic Deshaun Watson Jersey
, and I was excited. It was like, ‘Man, I better step up’.”Lorenzen, 26, did just that, striking out three batters, inducing weak contact and getting Brewers batters to expand the zone.Lorenzen, a native of Anaheim, Calif., was the 38th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, selected by the Reds out of Cal State Fullerton.At 6 feet 3, 215 pounds, Lorenzen can muscle up his fastball, which averages an impressive 95 mph.He has a 2.63 ERA this month overall and a 2.62 ERA on the road for the season — two trends that could bode well for him Sunday. BOSTON (AP) — Two and a half seasons after he came to Boston, David Price is finally delivering the excitement that accompanied his arrival.“This is the pitcher Boston signed,” the Red Sox lefty said after pitching eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 on Thursday. “For me to get back to that http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/deshaun-watson-jersey
, it’s about time.”Price (14-6) earned his fifth straight win, getting three bases-loaded doubles in a six-run fifth inning to help the Red Sox split their four-game series with the AL Central-leading Indians. After losing the first two games, Boston won twice in 20 hours to open a 9½-game lead over the idle New York Yankees in the AL East.The Red Sox, who have the best record in baseball at 90-39, have not lost four games in a row all season, and they are the only team in the majors that has not been swept.“Hopefully we can be the first to 100, too,” said Blake Swihart, who entered the game as a pinch-runner when Mitch Moreland bruised his knee and delivered the go-ahead double in the fifth.Price signed a seven-year, $217 million contract before the 2016 season and pitched well in his first season in Boston but has yet to win a playoff game with the Red Sox. He has allowed five runs in six starts since the All-Star break, an ERA of 1.09 that is the lowest in the league among regular starters.On Thursday, he hit a batter but walked none, striking out seven before leaving to a standing ovation and high fives from his teammates after the top of the eighth. The Indians had not been shut out at Fenway Park since the final week of the 2009 season.“That’s a playoff-caliber team,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “That’s one of the best teams in the big leagues and he was outstanding today.”Adam Plutko (4-4) matched him into the fifth, when Sandy Leon led off with a ground-rule double and moved to third on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s single. One out later, Plutko walked the bases loaded and then gave up Swihart’s line drive to right-center that made it 2-0.J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked, then Xander Bogaerts hit a one-hopper off reliever Adam Cimber that went over third baseman Jose Ramirez’s head and off the tip of his glove for another two-run double. Another intentional walk loaded the bases Deshaun Watson Jersey Elite
, and then Eduardo Nunez poked a double down the first-base line to make it 6-0.In all, Plutko allowed five runs on five hits and five walks, striking out four in 4 1/3 innings.“He competed like crazy,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “And then we got into the fifth and we just couldn’t stop the bleeding.”Martinez singled in a run in the sixth — his major league-leading 109th RBI of the season — to give Boston a 7-0 lead.DEFENSIVE HELPSwihart entered the game as a pinch-runner in the first after first baseman Mitch Moreland aggravated an existing knee injury sliding for a foul ball. In addition to driving in the go-ahead run for the second straight game, he also had a nice scoop when Price made a bad throw to first on Roberto Perez’s comebacker in the sixth.Price knocked the ball down with his glove and scrambled behind the mound to get it, then bounced a throw to Swihart, who was playing in just the sixth game of his career at the position. The ball bounced off Swihart’s glove but he grabbed it with his bare hand just in time to beat the runner.Price also got some help when second baseman Brock Holt made an over-the-shoulder catch in shallow right in the fifth inning. And Swihart started a 3-6 double play in the eighth.LOST IN THE SUNCleveland leftfielder Melky Cabrera lost Moreland’s fly ball in the sun in the first inning, waving for help from his infielders before ducking out of the way of the ball. Moreland was safe with a single, giving the Red Sox runners on first and second with one out.Plutko struck out Martinez and Bogaerts to escape.COLD BATSRamirez (2 for 14) and shortstop Francisco Lindor (3 for 17) struggled in the series.“I thought they (Boston) did a good job, but I also think at times there’s just a period where guys just don’t stay as hot,” Francona said.TRAINERS ROOMIndians: Activated RHP Josh Tomlin from the 10-day disabled list (right hamstring strain) and put RHP Neil Ramirez (lower back spasms) on the 10-day DL.Red Sox: Moreland left the game with a bruised left knee after sliding near a photo pit in pursuit of Yandy Diaz’s foul popup in the first. Moreland remained in the game, but left for Swihart in the bottom of the first.UP NEXTIndians: Open a three-game series at Kansas City, with righty Mike Clevinger (9-7) facing righty Brad Keller (6-5).Red Sox: Travels to Tampa Bay for a three-game set. Righty Hector Velazquez (7-1) faces a Rays starter TBD.