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02.07.2019 04:14
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TOKYO (AP) — for baseball on the road. Long haul.The 34-year-old Englishman Martin Perez Jersey , better known by his @BaseballBrit Twitter handle, has quit his day job to watch an entire season of baseball games across three continents.“Some people were fairly impressed that I was doing something I’m so passionate about,” Mellows said recently at Tokyo Dome, where he kicked off his baseball odyssey by witnessing Ichiro Suzuki’s final games as the Seattle Mariners swept the Oakland Athletics in a two-game series.“My family is very supportive,” Mellows added. “Co-workers were a little bit surprised but I think they’re on board now and they’re following along on Twitter and I think they are a little bit jealous, to be honest.”Mellows left his job as an English teacher in China for this trip, which he’s hoping will involve watching 162 games in person.He got the idea for the journey after discovering that the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees were going to play two games in June in London, the home of cricket.“They are two of the biggest teams arguably in all of baseball coming over to London and I just thought this is the perfect time to try and grow interest in the sport,” Mellows said.He began following baseball four years ago while at a previous teaching job in South Korea.On holiday in Japan with his parents, Mellows attended a game and was immediately hooked by baseball’s relaxing pace punctuated by bursts of action.The longtime Portsmouth soccer supporter was transformed into the “Baseball Brit” and began a bid to convert friends and family to his newly adopted favorite sport.“I would love it if my mates back home asked me questions about baseball,” Mellows said. “They are football fans. We all grew up in the same city. We are all Pompey, you know, Pompey boys through and through and they’ve got no interest in baseball at the moment. But this trip already, they’re kind of getting curious.”Mellows attended games in South Korea and Japan before leaving Tokyo on Wednesday , heading to Seattle for the Mariners’ home opener against the Red Sox. After that, he plans to fly to Philadelphia and hopes to finish his trip at the World Series in October.He plans to finance his travels with savings, credit cards and frugal living on the road while posting it all on his social media accounts.“I really hope more people back home start asking questions and thinking maybe it would be good to go to a baseball game,” Mellows said. “We’ve got one this year. Let’s do it.” BALTIMORE (AP) — There will be plenty of games this season in which the Minnesota Twins use the long ball to win. When that doesn’t happen, they’re happy to go with Plan B.Such was the case Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, when Minnesota produced just enough runs without the benefit of a home run and got some clutch pitching from the bullpen in a 4-3 victory that cemented a three-game sweep.After hitting 11 homers in a doubleheader Saturday, the Twins found a different way to score. Nelson Cruz worked his way around the bases after being hit by a pitch, Willians Astudillo drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and a botched popup led to a pair of unearned runs.“You never know how you come back after a big offensive night,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Obviously it wasn’t like the night we had (Saturday) but it was still good. Guys grinded through it and we scored just enough.”Kyle Gibson (1-0) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings, walking none and striking out six. The right-hander retired the last eight batters he faced.“I get pretty frustrated when I walk guys or give up homers,” Gibson said. “If I execute my pitches, I’ll keep the ball in the park.”Trevor Hildenberger worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before Taylor Rogers did the same in the ninth.With closer Blake Parker ailing, Rogers gave up an RBI double to Jonathan Villar before issuing an intentional walk to Trey Mancini to load the bases with two outs. After going to 3-0 on pinch-hitter Pedro Severino, Rogers secured his third save with a fly ball to right.It was only the second time this season that the Orioles did not give up a home run. They allowed a major league-high 57 in their first 22 games.Minnesota slugger Eddie Rosario Delino DeShields Jersey , who hit five homers in his previous three games, went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts.And still, the Twins won.“It took several of our players to come up with big, big efforts,” Baldelli said. “That was a true team effort.”Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (0-3) allowed four runs, two earned, and seven hits in six innings. Although he lost his third straight start, he kept the ball in the park after allowing seven home runs in his previous four outings.“Bundy was good. He gave us six really good innings, kept us in the game,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Pitched well against a good lineup.”After a 4-1 start, the last-place Orioles have lost 14 of 18 and are 1-9 at home.“We were just a run short,” Hyde said. “We had opportunities in the eighth, didn’t cash in, and put together a nice rally in the ninth inning. It just didn’t happen.”Baltimore’s woes began on the second pitch of the game Joey Gallo Jersey , when Jorge Polanco lifted a popup that Dwight Smith Jr. lost in the sun for a three-base error. Astudillo followed with a double and C.J. Cron hit an RBI single.Smith got those unearned runs back with a two-run single in the third, making it 3-2 before Astudillo delivered a sacrifice fly in the fourth.WRIGHT OUTThe Orioles designated right-hander Mike Wright for assignment and recalled Gabriel Ynoa from Triple-A Norfolk. Wright was 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA, and Baltimore needed a fresh arm after Saturday’s doubleheader. Hyde said Wright had good stuff but “had a lot of misses in the middle of the plate.” Wright gave up five homers and 14 runs in 10 appearances this season.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: OF Max Kepler and Parker missed the entire series because of a stomach bug. Kepler insisted it was food poisoning, noting, “I think it was some fish.”Orioles: Smith left in the seventh inning with right quadriceps tightness. “Honestly, the way I feel I probably could play (Monday),” he said. … RHP Nate Karns (right forearm strain) lasted only 18 pitches in his rehab assignment Saturday with Norfolk. Hyde said team doctors would check to see if his arm needs more rest.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 4,76 ERA) helps the Twins open a three-game series in Houston on Monday night. He is 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA in five career starts against the Astros.Orioles: RHP David Hess (3-1, 5.57) faces the White Sox, looking to rebound after yielding six runs and eight hits over two innings against Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

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