CARY, N.C. — Dave Wallace will be Mike Scioscia's pitching coach when the U.S. manager tries to qualify his team for the Olympic baseball tournament. Jerry Weinstein will be bench coach, Ernie Young hitting and first base coach, Darren Fenster third base coach and Roly de Armas bullpen coach, USA Baseball said Thursday. Wallace served as pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1995-97), New York Mets (1999-2000), Boston Red Sox (2003-06), Houston Astros (2007) and Baltimore Orioles (2014-16) and spent 2017-19 as a pitching consultant for the Atlanta Braves. Young was a member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team that won the gold medal at Sydney, Australia in 2000. Scioscia will lead the U.S. at the Baseball Americas Qualifier in Port St. Lucie and West Palm Beach, Florida, from May 31 to June 5 with a yet-to-be-announced roster of minor leaguers and released players. Only players not on 26-man major league rosters and injured lists will be eligible. The U.S. plays the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua in Group A, and the top two teams advance to the super round along with two teams from Group B, which includes Canada, Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela. The top team from the super round joins Japan, Israel, Mexico and South Korea at the Olympic baseball tournament, to be played from July 28 to Aug. 7 in Fukushima and Yokohama, Japan. Second- and third-place teams advance to a final qualifier in June in Taiwan, which will include Australia, China, Netherlands and Taiwan. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo used seven pitchers in the victory against the Boston Red Sox and he explains his thinking behind several decisions within the game.
Seattle Mariners (11-7, second in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (12-7, first in the AL East) Boston; Thursday, 7:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Justin Dunn (1-0, 3.72 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 9 strikeouts) Red Sox: Nick Pivetta (2-0, 3.68 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 14 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Red Sox -169, Mariners +146; over/under is 9 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Seattle heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Marco Gonzales. Gonzales pitched seven innings, giving up one run on two hits with six strikeouts against Los Angeles. The Red Sox are 6-6 on their home turf. Boston's team on-base percentage of .343 is second in the majors. J.D. Martinez leads the club with an OBP of .427. The Mariners are 5-2 in road games. The Seattle offence has compiled a .215 batting average as a team this season, Mitch Haniger leads the team with a mark of .315. TOP PERFORMERS: Martinez leads the Red Sox with six home runs and is slugging .750. Haniger leads the Mariners with 23 hits and has 14 RBIs. LAST 10 GAMES: Red Sox: 6-4, .290 batting average, 3.32 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs Mariners: 7-3, .221 batting average, 2.61 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs INJURIES: Red Sox: Chris Sale: (elbow), Ryan Brasier: (left calf). Mariners: James Paxton: (left forearm), Andres Munoz: (elbow), Ken Giles: (elbow), Jake Fraley: (left hamstring), Shed Long Jr.: (shin), Ty France: (forearm). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press