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PHOENIX — http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-lowe-jersey , 15 to go.A potentially record-setting 15 as the Arizona Diamondbacks continue a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.Starting with the current four-game series against NL East-leading Atlanta, the Diamondbacks are scheduled to play 17 consecutive games against division leaders — the Braves, Colorado, Houston, the Cubs and Colorado again.Article continues below ...Things could change, especially in the NL West, inasmuch as the Rockies have five games remaining against the second-place Dodgers — two more at Coors Field this weekend and three in Dodger Stadium from Sept. 17-19.But if the status quo remains, the Diamondbacks will be the first team in major league history to play 17 straight against division leaders, according to STATS research. Baltimore has the record, 14 in a row in 1993. Detroit tied that in 1996.So?“That’s why you play the game,” said Diamondbacks infielder Daniel Descalso, a veteran of stretch-run baseball with St. Louis and Arizona. “If you don’t think it is fun, if it is too much for you Kenta Maeda Jersey , then you probably should be doing something else. If it is not fun, go home.”The Diamondbacks beat Atlanta 5-3 behind Paul Goldschmidt’s homer on Friday to even the series at one game apiece, and they will send right-hander Clay Buchholz (7-2, 2.05 ERA) to the mound to face Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran (9-7, 4.05) on Saturday.“We love the challenge,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We know what is in front of us. I’ve been telling these guys to embrace it. Go out and be your best when you are supposed to be your best, that’s what champions do. See how far that takes us.”Atlanta remains in the driver’s seat in the NL East despite a recent rough patch. After pulling 4 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia on. Aug. 28, the Braves have won only three of 10 but remain 2 1/2 games ahead as the Phillies have scuffled.“This team has kept it day at a time very well all year,” said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker, a top contender for the NL manager of the year award.“We’ve been through some rough spots and always weathered them. Bad games (we) weathered them. As a group, we are going to play today, regardless of what happened yesterday. Today is the only thing we can control. They have been really resilient. We’ve had a great mindset and energy level all year long when we have been in adverse situations.”Snitker also is not focused on manager of the year talk.“Players make that,” he said. “When you have good players and they do well Matt Kemp Jersey , then you get put in that conversation. I just worry about winning today.”Buchholz, who is having a rebirth after regaining his health this season, has been Arizona’s steadiest starter the last several turns.“What he has done for us this year, he’s been a huge boost,” said Alex Avila, who has caught four of Buchholz’s last five starts, including a 5-1 complete game in San Diego on Aug. 16.“And you are going to need stuff like that happening over the course of the year for any team. You’re going to need contributions from unexpected places in order to get to where you want to get to.”Buchholz is 3-1 in his last six starts and has given up only two earned runs over his last four starts, with two victories and two no-decisions. His ERA is 1.32 in that span. Buchholz is 3-0 in five home starts. Because he spent the majority of his career in the AL, he has faced the Braves only three times, going 1-1 with a 6.06 ERA.“He has great command of all four of his pitches on most days,” Avila said. “It makes it fun to be able to call a game and catch a guy like that because you know you have four pitches to get a hitter out.”Teheran has made quality starts in four of his last five outings, although he is 1-0 with four no-decisions in that stretch. He gave up four hits and one run in seven innings in the Braves’ 5-1 victory in his start last Saturday but was not involved in the decision.He has limited the home run ball recently, one of the keys to his recent run. He has given up 24 homers this year Rich Hill Jersey , fifth-most in the league, but only two in his last five games.Teheran gave up four hits and struck out six in 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on July 15, the final game before the All-Star break. He is 4-1 with a 2.72 ERA in eight career starts against Arizona, including 1-1 in four starts at Chase Field. LAS VEGAS (AP) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he has been talking about Manny Machado with the infielder’s agent.New York shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss at least half of next season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, leaving the team in search of an infielder.“I’ve had several conversations with Dan Lozano about Manny Machado,” Cashman said Monday at the winter meetings. “So we are we are definitely focused in the marketplace on those areas of need and he, obviously, is available and solves that area of need. So, not going to deny we’ve had a conversation. Or two.”Cashman said last month that Machado would have to explain his comments that he isn’t “Johnny Hustle” and his failure to run hard on the bases, which became glaring in the postseason. Cashman would not say whether he plans to meet with Machado.Bryce Harper, the other top free agent, appears to be of little interest to the Yankees, at least publicly. Asked whether he had met with the Las Vegas native http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-alex-wood-jersey , Cashman responded: “Are you serious?”He then listed the outfielders on the Yankees roster: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier. Cashman maintained he’s not interested in having Harper switch positions.“People ask about the first-base stuff and I’m sure it’s potentially a possibility, but it’s not something that we would play on at that level and that type of money, to play something like that at first base,” Cashman said.New York, in search of its first title since 2009, is interested in adding another starting pitcher to its rotation, which is projected to include Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and CC Sabathia. The Yankees would like to reach a deal with left-hander J.A. Happ but are uncertain whether other teams will evaluate the 36-year-old left-hander more highly.Cashman said New York thought 29-year-old left-hander Patrick Corbin was the top free agent pitcher on the market but did not think he was worth paying what Washington agreed to: a $140 million Starlin Castro Jersey , six-year contract.In an era of luxury tax and revenue sharing, New York behaves far differently than it did when George Steinbrenner pursued a string of top free agents. Cashman cited a need for rigid “process and discipline” to ensure “we can be a viable contender now and hopefully a viable contender later at the same time.”“The operation that George was able to operate and navigate through is nowhere close to the one that Hal Steinbrenner has to operate and navigate through,” Cashman said. “It’s a convenient, easy story to write about us being different than the Boss’s Yankees, but the game’s completely different, too, And I think we’ve been operating in a different capacitybecause it’s a whole new world order.”

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